by Luigi Pirandello
Off-Broadway's Roundabout Theater is a place where neglected plays of classic playwrights come out of hiding. The current season, the Roundabout's twelfth, began with a stylish production of Shaw's You Never Can Tell, a playful skirmish between the sexes that is all jests and no scars. With Naked, the company shifts to the somber philosophical terrain of a 1922 work by Pirandello.
In Pirandello's plays, the bait of appearance masks the hook of reality, but the mysterious fish of life is never caught.
As Pirandello saw it, man is involved in the futile illusion and the obsessive quest of trying...