Brood Awakenings

In three plays by young women, malfunctioning families cry out for repairs

Souls, lost: Kazan and Shamos in 
100 Saints You Should Know
Joan Marcus
Souls, lost: Kazan and Shamos in 100 Saints You Should Know


100 Saints You Should Know
By Kate Fodor
Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street

By Lucy Thurber
Atlantic Theater
336 West 20th Street

Have You Seen Steve Steven?
By Anne Marie Healy
14th Street Theater
344 East 14th Street

Ann Marie Healy's Have You Seen Steve Steven?, in contrast, seems like very little. That a playwrights' collective like 13P should stick by its members is fine, but Healy, currently a graduate student in playwriting at Brown, has turned out what's visibly student work, spattered all over with traces of favorite student reading—linguistic left turns from Ionesco, mysterious intruders from Pinter, nattering suburban absurdity from Durang, and so on. Hints of a genuine talent keep peeping through, but 13P might have shown a braver solidarity by not rushing Healy onto a New York stage. They've given her a classy production, by Anne Kauffman, with particularly striking performances by Stephanie Wright Thompson and Brandon Bales as the kids at the core of the absurdity. But the play remains class work for all that.

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