Manhattan Theatre Club
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
September 24, 2016
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Mary-Louise Parker is astonishing in Heisenberg, presently in previews at Manhattan Theatre Club. She creates a character that is witty, needy, and neurotic. Her chemistry with costar Denis Arndt is magnetic. Together they captivate the audience in this intimate, two character play by Simon Stephens.
Georgia Burns (played by Mary-Louise Parker) kisses the back of the neck of a total a stranger, Alex Priest (played by Denis Arndt). She then proceeds to weave a tale of lies. A few days later, she seeks him out in his butcher shop to tell him the truth about herself. Alex gradually opens up to her. She then reveals her true motivations. What occurs next surprises the both of them.
|Denis Arndt & Mary-Louise Parker|
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To create an intimate setting at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, director Mark Brokaw and scenic designer Mark Wendland seats the two hundred or so audience members from the balcony on stage. The playing area is forced to the narrow downstage section. With only two tables and two chairs to move around to represent various locations, your focus goes directly to the connection between the two characters. The push and pull between then plays out for ninety minutes and comes to a calm and gratifying fulfillment for both of their needs.
Heisenberg is a unique and tender script. The characters are quirky and real. The production is minimal and perfectly conceived. It opens on October 13, and runs through December 4.