Sam Shepard’s powerful 1985 drama A Lie of the Mind has never had a New York revival—perhaps because it would be nearly impossible to perfect the four-hour original, which won a Drama Desk Award and received rave reviews for its cast—Harvey Keitel, Aidan Quinn, and Amanda Plummer. But Ethan Hawke, who last directed the New Group’s production of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Things We Want, is apparently daring enough to give it a go. Josh Hamilton (who has a history of not wearing much clothing in past New Group shows), Keith Carradine, Marin Ireland, and Laurie Metcalf star in this complicated tale of a man who believes he’s murdered his wife in a jealous rage, and his brother, who tries to uncover the truth.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 31, 3 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through March 2, 2010