Photo by Don Kellogg

Thursday, August 12, 2010


A new play by Paul Weitz that puts a dominatrix, her boyfriend, and unhappily married couple center stage.  Wowza!  An all start cast rounds out the production - Zach Braff, Bobby Cannavale, Sutton Foster and Ari Graynor.

Unfortunately, I thought Sutton Foster was mis-cast as Prudence, the dominatrix.  While she was serious, she still seemed too innocent, too sweet, and too - well - mid-western.  I think a much better choice would have been Mary Louise Parker - she does crazy well.  Bobby, Zach and Ari fit nicely in their respective roles - Zach being the main guy, Harry, who is a rich, twisted, and lonely married man.

The presentation seemed like too many vignettes.  Scene changes took a while.  We bounced around a lot.  Not bad overall, just got tired of it after a while.  In the end, a lot of suggestive S&M, but the most flesh we saw was the ever-hot Bobby rip his shirt off in the throws of passion on the couch.  Yum.  The story had 4 lose ends to wrap up and I'm not sure any of them were.  Left you wondering.  In one sense, thought provoking, in another, incomplete.