Nathan Englander adapts his new play from his acclaimed short story of the same name.
Comments from published critics
‘‘[Director Barry] Edelstein is blessed with a uniformly excellent cast.’’
‘‘Set largely in a prison cell, where time drips slowly by as a handful of writers await their fate, the play, which opened on Sunday night at the Public Theater, certainly captures the clammy sense of entrapment that finds the men slowly pecking away at each other’s foibles to pass the long hours.’’
‘‘Director Barry Edelstein uses the relatively tiny set well, shuffling the blocking enough to ward off stagnancy without ever letting the actors clutter. The acting is top-notch, particularly from Zien...’’
‘‘Director Barry Edelstein perfectly balances a growing sense of menace with leavening lightness. The atmosphere he creates is indeed horrifying, but there’s just enough humor to make it bearable.’’
‘‘A first-class production and a first-rate cast...’’