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'Pocatello' Off Broadway Review: Sad Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

'Pocatello' Off Broadway Review: Sad Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
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.

 

'Every Brilliant Thing' Off Broadway Review: A Life Affirming List

'Every Brilliant Thing' Off Broadway Review: A Life Affirming List
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Joy and sorrow intermingle in “Every Brilliant Thing” and I am happy to report that joy wins out in this intimate 65-minute solo play currentl...

Bobby Cannavale's Star Keeps Shining Brightly Thanks to “Annie” & his HBO Series

Bobby Cannavale's Star Keeps Shining Brightly Thanks to “Annie” & his HBO Series
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Why wait until tomorrow? Bobby Cannavale’s career is already brighter than the noon day sun. Next Friday (Dec. 19) finds him costarring in a contempora...

Top Ten Snooki Gifts for Christmas

Top Ten Snooki Gifts for Christmas
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It turns out that entrepreneur, mother-of-two, and reality television star Nicole LaValle is talented at making crafts. Nicole, who was just recently married, has opene...

Cirque du Soleil Theater Coming to New Jersey

Cirque du Soleil Theater Coming to New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A shopping and entertainment complex for the Meadowlands has been in the works since 2005, and the rumors of possible tenants are beginning to circulate again.

The Ameri...

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