Heartless: The Shepard's Tale

The playwright returns to form at the Signature

Funniest of all is Shepard's treatment of Roscoe's dog, who carries the Sherlock Holmesian gimmick of "the dog did nothing in the nighttime" to hilariously non-realistic extremes—until, of course, it gets real. The wonder and charm of Heartless don't come from its trickery, but from the very real passion behind it and poetry within it. In Daniel Aukin's lucid, somewhat dry production, the poetic feeling is vested most fully in Smith, who deploys it with fierce, snappish authority, and in Nicholson's truly heart-rending shifts from sharp-edged to vulnerable. And for unspoken poetry, Tyler Micoleau's subtly nuanced lights take the prize.

Not as Cervantes would have told it: Gary Cole as Roscoe
Courtesy Joan Marcus
Not as Cervantes would have told it: Gary Cole as Roscoe

Details

Heartless
By Sam Shepard
Signature Theatre
480 West 42nd Street
212-244-7529
signaturetheatre.org

mfeingold@villagevoice.com

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