Theater: Urban Picaresque

A play is a journey. It can be an outward journey through time, place and action. Or it can be an inner journey through mood, psyche and character. Murray Schisgal's Jimmy Shine attempts an inner journey. The trouble is that it doesn't go anywhere. Jimmy Shine is a transparent character: to see him once is to know him totally. He is a luckless misadventurer, a congenital flunker in the school of life, a born loser with a ready quip for a pick-me-up. Jimmy Shine does not grow, change, or develop, he simply recapitulates himself....

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