‘The Dreamer Examines His Pillow’ Talks of Love, Lust and Lots More

Posted on: August 3rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

In its current revival by the Attic Theater Company, “The Dreamer Examines His Pillow,”an early John Patrick Shanley work, is an intermissionless 90 minutes, but it’s really a play in three parts. From the audience’s perspective this particular production’s three parts are: “Not buying it,” “Just got more interesting” and, “Ah, now it all makes sense.” The play, at the Flea Theater, opens at the shabby apartment of Tommy (Shane Patrick Kearns), a 27-year-old who sometimes talks to his mini-fridge. In bursts Donna (Lauren Nicole Cipoletti), his former and maybe current girlfriend, who is blazing mad because Tommy has been fooling around with her 16-year-old sister. Donna is also irked by a self-portrait Tommy has painted, a wild-eyed thing that hangs on the wall. The two engage in a lengthy verbal sparring match, punctuated by lust and fueled by beer. Mr. Shanley has taken the old playwright’s license and put a lot of florid language into the mouths of low-class characters. And Mr. Kearns and Ms. Cipoletti aren’t really up to the challenge, too often sounding as if they’re just reciting lines, albeit at enthusiastically high volume.