Grand Horizons by Bess Wohl.
Grand Horizons is dramedy about an elderly couple who file for divorce and the repercussions, especially for their grown children. Jane Alexander and James Cromwell are terrific as the octogenarians.
The Minutes by Tracy Letts
The Minutes by Tracy Letts, author of the August in Osage County, is a thoughtful if not well executed performance. The one act play, which moved to NYC after a yearlong run at Steppenwolf in Chicago, is set in a city council meeting room in the fictional small town of Big Cherry where there is more on the agenda than parking space disputes.
Big themes, small show.
The Hangman by Martin McDonagh
If you are familiar with Martin McDonagh, the award winning playwright of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West (that is the West of Ireland) and the writer/ director of the film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, you have a pretty good idea of what a McDonagh play will be: Dark, quirky, talky (often with impenetrable accents.)
The Hangman does not disappoint. When Britain abolishes the death penalty, Harry the hangman is out of a job. He takes up a second career as a pub owner in the north of England. When a sinister stranger from the South shows up (Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey, playing against type), Harry’s cozy retirement gets weird.
Mark Addy as the pompous, thoughtless Harry is amazing.
Fast paced, suspenseful, and yes, with impenetrable accents.