Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Receptionist: 10/21/2007

Adam Bock's new play The Receptionist could be subtitled “The Banality of Evil.” It's set mostly in the reception area of the Northeast Office an unnamed company at which Beverly answers phones, cleans her work area, makes coffee and guards the office supplies. Beverly is played with hilarious gusto by the talented Jayne Houdyshell and her exchanges with her co-worker, Lorraine (Kendra Kassebaum), are familiarly funny to anyone with a “day-job”. But the endless banks of Manila file folders and an unexpected visitor from the Central Office signal something is not quite right. While The Receptionist is not quite the rich experience that Bock's previous play, The Thugs, was – it is definitely enjoyable, thought-provoking and packs a punch. Joe Mantello directs with much skill and style. Kudos to Manhattan Theatre Club for taking a chance with this one!

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