Review: Chris O’Dowd shines in ‘Of Mice and Men’

April 17, 2014 2:08 AM

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John Steinbeck’s play about friendship and humanity in rural California is smartly directed by Anna D. Shapiro, with evocative sets by Todd Rosenthal and rich lighting from Japhy Weideman.

It’s a tragedy — death and loss are in every scene — but Shapiro has teased out as much humor as is possible. Though the characters are often symbolic, the language is spare and plain, a reflection on the men Steinbeck is writing about. There’s a certain stiffness on stage as men warily gauge each o...

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