First Nighter: The Schwartz-Almond "Iowa," The Good-Time "39 Steps"

April 14, 2015 1:52 PM

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Towards the end of the Jenny Schwartz-Todd Almond somewhat musical Iowa--or Iow@, as the program has it--four Mormon sister-wives in high-necked, long-sleeved, floor-length pastel dresses arrive to sing a song about the myriad woes of women in contemporary society. It goes on for maybe 15 minutes at the Playwrights Horizons Peter Sharp space.

As Carolina Sanchez, Cindy Cheung, Annie McNamara and April Mathis, eventually joined by Karyn Quackenbush, articulated the besetting circumstance in solos and in unison, the threnody packed quite a wallop. The sequence encapsulated everything Schwartz needed to say to make her dramatic point. Were ...

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