The Quiet American

Amy Herzog is on a rare winning streak. Can the stage hold her?

Ryan Pfluger for TIME

Amy Herzog likes to call her new play, Belleville, a thriller. Well, she doesn't like to call it that--but for an off-Broadway playwright trying to attract theatergoers to her quietly unnerving character dramas, it's part of the drill. "You have to write a blurb, a short context for people to have when they see the thing," she says. "It's my least favorite part of the whole process." Belleville, which opens at the New York Theatre Workshop on March 3 after a successful run at the Yale Repertory Theatre, is an edgy portrait of an American expat couple whose marriage is coming...

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