Fifty Words at the Lortel then and just this week, the follow-up play, Side Effects, in the same (dumpy) theater. I must say there's more to the idea then the reality of the link between the two plays. They really aren't connected at all, except for the infamous phone call. I thought there would be more. But alas, that doesn't detract from this or the prior play in any way at all.
This play, as the prior one, is an emotional roller-coaster dealing with issues such as marriage, fidelity, mental illness, and family. Mr. Smith, again, plays an exceptional tightly-wound, politically-aspiring and conspiring, conservative, mid-western, husband. Ms. Richardson does a magnificent job playing bat-shit-crazy (perhaps a perfect replacement for Edie Falco in House of Blue Leaves - another bat-shit-crazy role?). Just one note to director David Auburn - shorten up that last scene - too long and unnecessarily repetitive. We were only there 100 minutes and didn't need to revisit all the issues and problems again before wrapping it up. Other than that - I think I've written more than fifty words on this one but catching a performance of this one will leave you with little side effects other than having experienced an enjoyable evening of theatre at a relatively decent price.