A Life OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 24, 2016
    Closing:
    November 27, 2016

    Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Nate Martin (David Hyde Pierce) is hopelessly single. When his most recent breakup, another in a lifelong string of ill-fated matches, casts him into a funk, he turns to the only source of wisdom he trusts: the stars. Poring over astrological charts, he obsessively questions his past and his place in the cosmos. But in Adam Bock’s disarming new play, the answer he receives, when it comes, is shockingly obvious — and totally unpredictable.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF A Life

    In 'A Life', Lonely and Looking to the Stars for Answers

    Charles Isherwood

    October 24, 2016: A great fear of single urbanites comes unhappily true for the central character in “A Life,” a bleak new play by Adam Bock that opened on Monday at Playwrights Horizons. David Hyde Pierce stars as a 54-year-old gay man living in New York who has recently been dumped by his boyfriend — although that’s not the great fear I referred to. If only. Mr. Bock’s drama begins, unwisely and unfruitfully, with an extended — scratch that, let’s say endless — monologue from Nate Martin (Mr. Pierce), seated on his couch, addressing us directly. (The set, by Laura Jellinek, gives a bravura performance that intermittently enlivens the play.)

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