The original production was sandbagged by its all-star cast's penchant for interminable pauses. Ethan Hawke's revival for the New Group, more efficient, also shows a sharper grasp of the play's innumerable parallels, and of the innate shape that underlies its head-scratching eccentricities. His all-star cast registers with uneven force, but at least they all seem to be in the same play. Carradine and Metcalf handle their roles with charismatic ease; Hamilton's preppy urban persona adapts surprisingly well to this wilderness context. Ireland and Nivola, in the two most taxing roles, come off best of all, affirming that Hawke has made the best possible case for this piece of theatrical perplexity.

Loft party as drifting lifeboat: Transport Group's The Boys in the Band
Carol Rosegg
Loft party as drifting lifeboat: Transport Group's The Boys in the Band

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The Boys in the Band
By Mart Crowley
Transport Group
37 West 26th Street, 866-811-4111

A Lie of the Mind
By Sam Shepard
Acorn Theatre, Theater Row
410 West 42nd Street, 212-279-4200

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