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

April 17, 2014 2:08 AM

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

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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