Review: A Parallelogram: To Eat a Cookie and Watch Historical Reality Television In the Future. Sounds Fun, Right?2 min read

Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in the Park

A Parallelogram: To Eat a Cookie and Watch Historical Reality Television In the Future. Sounds Fun, Right?

By Ross
Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in the ParkIt’s summertime in NYC and my battle with priorities is full on. Summer and sun versus Sunday matinees and theatre. It’s a difficult choice some days, especially with the sun shining and the beach calling my name. How do I plan ahead? So with full knowledge that my schedule of sun and beach fun was not going to allow me to be around for the press dates of Second Stage’s production of Bruce Norris’ A Parallelogram, I jumped at the opportunity to see this intriguing new play before, as I was informed, the show was deemed ‘frozen’. So take this review with a grain of salt, with full upfront knowledge that they were still working on it, making improvements and changes probably up until this upcoming weekend.
I can only say though, that if this show is going to be improved, I’m not sure where they would start.  It is, at this stage of the game, a thoroughly engaging and exciting piece of theatre. With ten days before the official opening night, A Parallelogram is in completely solid shape. As directed slickly and concisely by the total pro, Michael Greif (Dear Evan HansenWar PaintNext to Normal), this engaging and thrilling new play feels like the perfect mind game.  It’s a classic ‘is she or isn’t she’ gaslight affair, and with the perfect pair of actors leading us along, this piece doesn’t take one mis-step.
Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare in the Park
Celie Keenan-Bolger (Broadway’s The Cherry Orchard, Peter and the Starcatcher) as Bee, the woman in mind at the center of this intersection, and the old lady she meets at the supermarket played effortlessly by Anita Gillette (Broadway’s Chapter Two, Cabaret) are a magnificent force together.  Is the story we are seeing Bee’s or is it through the eyes of the Old Lady who, in some ways, appears to be orchestrating and watching some sort of reality television show for her own amusement, as she sits back smoking cigarettes and eating cookies. Who’s to say, but it’s a compelling conundrum we find ourselves in.  What exactly are we seeing here? (for the full review, click here)
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