Theater: Some Disappointments And A Promising Young Composer -- Stephen Sondheim

November 13, 2014 7:18 PM

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Some people imagine critics relish writing bad reviews. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's a lot more fun writing a rave than a pan. But perhaps even worse than a really bad show is a show that leaves you indifferent. Someone asks what you think...and you shrug. It's a sad situation, since no show is written or staged lightly. It almost always represents at the very least a year (and usually years) of work beginning with the playwright. You struggle to latch onto some praiseworthy element, anything that's worth discussing. But it ain't always easy, no matter how competent the work of all involved.

Such is the case for two new plays. Lost Lake comes from the Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, so expectations are naturally high for any new work by him. Grand Concourse is from Heidi Schreck, the Obie-winning talent who also writes for TV's Nurse Jackie. Neither quickens the pulse though each pl...

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