Last Saturday I saw Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love at MTC’s Samuel Friedman Theatre. Frankly, I went because Nina Arianda is amazing, and so is Sam Rockwell. I was obsessed with Shepard’s Buried Child in college, but it was pretty absurd and took a lot of studying to process even a little bit, so I knew this play would probably little to no sense at a first glance. And it didn’t. And that’s OK. It’s basically about a couple who have been on and off and about 15 years going at it again and we get to watch it go down for 75 minutes.
Arianda is amazing in anything and everything she does, but I don’t think I’ll ever be as amazed with her performance as I was in Born Yesterday or Venus in Fur (this is also OK). Her timing and nuance is impeccable. Sam Rockwell is great. As always. He’s so funny. He is ridiculous in a cowboy hat and holding a lasso, but he got the job done regardless.
I wouldn’t go see Fool For Love again, but I’m glad I saw it once.
Last Sunday I saw Sam Shepard’s newest play, Ages of the Moon, at the Atlantic Theater Company. I’ve been a huge fan of Mr. Shepard’s work since I was a freshmen in college and studied his play Buried Child in one of my classes (and I later studied it for a second time during my sophomore year). I’ve seen numerous works of his and met him once when our paths crossed ways at The Public Theatre in 2006 (needless to say, I was speechless).
One thing that’s pretty safe to assume when I go see a new (or a revival) play that he’s written, I’m certain I’ll have no idea what it’s about. Ages of the Moon was no exception to this rule. I know it sounds mind-boggling to like such a writer, but I do!
Ages of the Moon starred Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley, both of whom are extremely gifted actors and did not disappoint.
The show was best summarized by a Twitterer who Atlantic Theater Company re-tweeted recently: “Hilarious, brilliant! Aging, friendship, and loss crossed with wine, women, and song.”
Rea and McGinley were two long-time best friends, one of whom had just lost his wife, so the other comes to spend the night and long meandering conversations ensue. It’s ridiculous, thoughtful, funny, and, at times, sad. Like both of its stars, the script did not disappoint and Mr. Shepard has yet to either.
(photo via playbill)