Theater: Before You Go

The two character man-woman play is now a Broadway staple. Lawrence Holofcener's Before You Go ranks with Two for the Seesaw and The Owl and the Pussycat as the best of the genre. Wry, perceptive, honest, sad, funny and tender, it is compassionately discerning about two people who are not quite wise to themselves.

Rain, always lovers' weather onstage, drives Sylvia into Stan's Greenwich Village flat. She (Marian Seldes) is a bookkeeper who poses as an actress on the basis of her sessions at group-therapy psychodrama. He (Gene Troobnick) is a sportswear buyer who poses as a sculptor by coating tennis rackets,...

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