Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Landscape of the Body: 03/05/2006

John Guare’s Landscape of the Body is a wild and wonderful fever dream of a play, with songs. It deals with finding meaning in the randomness and chance of life via many of life’s more ugly sides - murder, pornography, drugs, and crime. Michael Greif’s production is excellent at the center of which are it’s two leading ladies - Lili Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott, reprising roles they first played in Williamstown last summer. Taylor is touching as Betty, who steps into the life of her recently deceased sister, Rosalie, played by an effervescent Scott. Jonathan Fried in a small role as a far-away admirer of Betty’s is terrific. But it’s John Guare’s language, conjuring up and mixture of hope and hopelessness that is the true star of the evening.

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