Sometimes you don’t realize an unlikely combination will work until you try it. Chocolate and salt: Who knew? Same goes for the casting of Nathan Lane — one of his generation’s most brilliant comic actors — in “The Iceman Cometh,” Eugene O’Neill’s epic drama of rotten lives and crushed ambitions. It sounds counter-intuitive, but when you see the Goodman Theatre production that just opened at BAM, it makes total sense.
Lane plays the key role of Theodore “Hickey” Hickman, a jovial salesman whose occasional visits to a Greenwich Village bar light up the resident drunks’ pathetic lives. At first glance Hickey’s a jolly good fellow — you can see why he’d be good at selling — but this is the kind of show where darknes...
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