|Top row: Irene Sofia Lucio, Noah Galvin|
Bottom row: Karen Kandel, Adante Power, Zoë Winters,
James Waterston, Lucas Caleb Rooney
Photo: Joan Marcus
Take, for example, this section, called "Grief."
Are you sleeping?
I wake up early but that’s all right in the summer.
Oh enough. Dont fuss.
I’ve never had someone die.
I’m sorry, I’ve nothing to say. Nothing seems very interesting.
He must have meant everything to you.
Maybe. We’ll see.
That's it. That's the whole thing, verbatim. In the New York Theatre Workshop production (at the Minetta Lane), which is beautifully directed by James MacDonald, it's performed by a young woman sitting in a chair and an older women on the floor, folding and putting away sweaters. It is a masterpiece of concision--one of many!