Instead, through Lisa Peterson's speedy, ingenious production, Margulies supplies the sheer fun of theatrical storytelling, complete with acrobatic stunts, musical effects, and the inventiveness of two supporting actors, Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Jeremy Bobb, who have to embody everything from a dog and a parrot to an old sea captain and Queen Victoria. Countryman, a fine actor usually trapped in drab secondary roles, seizes this leading-man opportunity with irresistible panache; Grays is heartfelt as his aboriginal love; and Bobb makes such an adorable dog that I'd adopt him as a pet myself if I thought Equity and the ASPCA would approve.

Brothel, Brecht, and a pygmy's parrot: Ekulona and Rashad in Ruined
Joan Marcus
Brothel, Brecht, and a pygmy's parrot: Ekulona and Rashad in Ruined

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Ruined
By Lynn Nottage
Manhattan Theater Club
131 West 55th Street, 212-581-1212

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)
By Donald Margulies
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street, 212-279-4200

mfeingold@villagevoice.com

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