During the Kentucky Derby, many of us observed the unpleasant spectacle of a dead horse, though happily no one put a boot to dear, departed Eight Belles. The poor mount lying prone in Sam Shepardâs new play, Kicking a Dead Horse, at the Public Theater . . . well, he isnât so lucky. That steedâs sudden death has left Hobart stranded in the middle of the Badlands, and Hobart isnât taking it well: âThis is not what I foresaw,â says Hobart. âSome dumb show struggling with a dead horse, mumbling to yourself in front of a gaping hole youâve spent a solid day digging.â Stephen Rea plays the art dealer turned unsuccessful cowboy, who suffers a crisis of self. With such a seriousâand seriously goodâwriter and actor at work on this piece, donât expect much in the way of horseplay.
Wed., June 25, 2008