First Nighter: Samuel D. Hunter Puts "Pocatello" on the Theater Map

December 16, 2014 3:14 AM

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Throughout MacArthur Fellowship recipient Samuel D. Hunter's outstanding play The Whale, at Playwrights Horizons in 2012, the main character is a gay man isolating himself by virtue of his obesity. Now back at PH with Pocatello, Hunter watches--in a series of highly animated scenes--another gay man who's isolating himself and has been isolated. Which condition came first is, like the chicken or egg, unclear.

Whereas the protagonist in The Whale can barely move, Pocatello's Eddie (T. R. Knight) is constantly on the go, as if trying to run away from himself. His personal racetrack is a financially troubled Italian restaurant that's part of a chain and might be an Olive Garden. Although it's on the brink o...

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