Welcome to Haiku Reviews, a series of reviews dedicated to condensing and expressing productions of theater in seventeen-syllable poems. If you don’t have time for a 600-word lecture, click on the Haiku Review tab and chew on some bite-sized theater criticism.

Today’s installment is Lincoln Center Theater’s superb production of Anthony Giardina’s The City of Conversation, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

The City of Conversation

Jan Maxwell in ‘The City of Conversation’

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How stringent a test of ones cringe muscles a Bruce Norris play requires. How physically taxing for the poor, guileless theatergoer. When the curtain falls one may even find the results of a light core workout, so necessarily squirmy the experience.

Domesticated, by Bruce Norris, opens at Lincoln Center Theater on November 4.

Domesticated, by Bruce Norris, opens at Lincoln Center Theater on November 4.

I winced and fidgeted throughout a preview of his new play, Domesticated, commissioned by and performed at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Continue reading

Smart Pick of the Day: Domesticated at Lincoln Center


Tonight I was electrified by Bruce Norris’ new play Domesticated, commissioned by and performed at Lincoln Center Theater. Their website is advertising the play, accurately, as a “conflagration of gender, power, sexuality and politics that emerges in a private relationship after a public humiliation.”  Anna D. Shapiro (Tony-winning director of August: Osage County) understands the complexities of Norris’ ideas and isn’t afraid to drag shame and humiliation centerstage (the in-the-round Newhouse Theater makes for engaging storytelling). The many cringe-worthy elements are delivered with precision and intensity by a very talented cast, including Laurie Metcalf and Jeff Goldblum. I got a minor workout just squirming in my seat. If you pride yourself on your political correctness, I dare you to go see this show.

Domesticated opens next week (Tuesday 10/22) at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. Check out Lincoln Center’s awesome LincTix program, which enables theatergoers to buy relatively cheap tickets to their shows.