Solo Savagery

Eric Bogosian's fierce satire is edged with midlife lament

Although the explosion of one-person shows on New York City stages seems to belie it, there was a good reason the ancient Greeks introduced a second actor into the drama. The essence of theater is human interaction, not introspection. No amount of skill can give a monologue as much insight and texture as the best dialogue. Even at their best, solo acts are a triumph of economics over aesthetics.

Some soloists, like Spalding Gray or Claudia Shear, play themselves. Some, like Irene Worth impersonating Edith Wharton, re-create celebrities past or ) present. Some, like Sherry Glaser or John Leguizamo, portray a...

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