OFF BROADWAY REVIEW
A heavy dish of gloom is served in a mediocre Italian restaurant in “Pocatello,” a dreary new drama that seems to last far longer than its 100-minute running time at Playwrights Horizons.
That feeling of being fed up with a play before it ends is because Samuel D. Hunter, the author, keeps layering on the personal miseries borne by the forlorn central figure, who never wises up to his situation until long after the audience comprehends it.
Set in an Olive Garden-type franchise in an Idaho burg, the play studies Eddie (T.R. Knight), its manager, a nice but extremely lonely gay man in his thirties. Eddie’s relationship with his querulous mom (Brenda Wehle) and uneasy elder brother (Brian Hutchison) are distant and scarred by his father’s suicide some years before.
A pleasant, nerdy guy, Eddie is secretly frantic because his unprofitable business is in danger of being closed down by its parent company.