1 | 4000 MILES
A hippieish college student, finishing up a cross-country bike trip, arrives in New York City to stay with his grandmother; they form a bond, and family secrets are revealed. In outline, Amy Herzog's play might seem like nothing special. But her humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick. Daniel Aukin's production, which had an all-too-brief run at Lincoln Center in the spring, could not be bettered, especially Mary Louise Wilson's poignant, unpatronizing portrayal of the cantankerous grandma.
2 | WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?