NY Review: 'Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness!'
99 Stock at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
Reviewed by Clifford Lee Johnson III
August 12, 2012
The play is set in1881, when Edward Gant and his acting troupe take the stage to dramatize a pair of tales about loneliness. In the midst of the second, a company member breaks character, refusing to participate in what she feels is inconsequential amusement. The debate she unleashes escalates until Gant kills himself.
The cast—Ian Hopps, Serra Naiman, Brandon Cusak, and Geneva Hollman—are all deliriously funny. They are abetted in their foolery by Michael Saarela's sure-footed direction. Each playwright must find his voice. Neilson hasn't yet, but he's tantalizingly close.
Presented by 99 Stock as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., NYC. Aug. 10–16. Remaining performances: Sun., Aug. 12, 6:45 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 14, 3:30 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 15, 4:15 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 16, 7:15 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
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