Theater: Mia Farrow's Broadway Return; LaBute's Cheap "Shot"

September 26, 2014 6:37 AM

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Playwright A.R. Gurney is a talent I've only recently been able to see performed and I like him more all the time. (A fine revival of his play The Wayside Motor Inn is currently offered by Signature through October 5.) Of his many works, surely the produced most often is Love Letters. It's disarmingly simple in conceit and execution. Two actors sit on stage and read the letters their characters have sent to each other. The man and the woman are at first a boy and a girl, two kids of privilege thrown together for the girl's birthday party (presumably in part because their parents know each other), exchanging thank you notes for the gift given and then a thank you note for the thank you note.

That turns into a decades-long exchange of intimacies and friendship, a mashup of Same Time Near and 84 Charing Cross Road. We see her evolve into a committed liberal and committed artist and sometimes just committed full stop. We see him evolve into a decent, more conventional man with a somewhat m...

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