Long Story Short OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 28, 2015
    Closing:
    March 28, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    A funny, frazzled couple--one Jewish, one Asian-American--careens from first date to old age. Their journey illuminates the challenges and joys of any long-term relationship along the way. Adapted from the two-character play "An Infinite Ache" by David Schulner, "Long Story Short" covers a romance and 50-year marriage in 95 minutes and 17 songs.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Long Story Short

    ‘Long Story Short,’ Till Death Do Us Part

    Alexis Soloski

    March 12, 2015: Time is doing odd things on and off Broadway. It’s fracturing in “Constellations,” hopscotching in “Bright Half Life,” and in “Long Story Short,” a newish musical by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda, it is executing a halfhearted loop-de-loop. This two-character, single-set, 90-minute show from Prospect Theater Company follows Charles (Bryce Ryness) and Hope (Pearl Sun) from first date to death. Maybe. Is this really a fast-forward version of their lives, or a fantasy issuing from Hope’s tannin-addled brain? (She drank too much bad wine at their first dinner.) That the last scene recreates the opening one blurs easy interpretation. But nothing else about this musical, which relies heavily on stereotype and shortcut, is especially difficult. Charles is Jewish and overeager, Hope is Asian-American and describes herself as uptight, but despite likable performances and efficient direction by Kent Nicholson, the pair never seems fully sketched. (The less said about the brief scene in which they sketch each other’s orgasm faces, the better.)

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