A not-so-happy place: Larry Pine at Soho Rep
Julieta Cervantes
A not-so-happy place: Larry Pine at Soho Rep

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A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney
By Lucas Hnath
Soho Rep
46 Walker Street
212-941-8632, sohorep.org

The Notebook of Trigorin
By Tennessee Williams
The Flea
41 White Street
212-352-3101, theflea.org

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Laura Braza's uneven production adds further tilts to the work's seesawing tone. While Will Sarratt's Constantine and Michael Schantz's Trigorin understate, often effectively, Meredith Forlenza's Nina starts charmingly but then pushes ever harder, with diminishing results, and Charise Greene's Arkadina alternates one shrewish and one soft note, neither convincingly. The rest produce similar discordances, and one can't help blaming Williams: The cultural clash into which his misapplied passion has turned the script finds its inevitable echo in the acting.

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