Theater: Glimmer, Glimmer And Shine

By Warren Leight

The Glimmer brothers are old-time jazzmen, long estranged. Martin (John Spencer) has kept faith with the music--and with self-destruction. Daniel (Nicolas Surovy) has settled for suburban prosperity and forgetfulness. Shine (Jonathan Silverman), the son of a man who played with them, effects a reconciliation while pursuing Daniel's daughter (Alexa Fischer). Leight won a Tony for Side Man, also about musical lives. This play, now at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, is slicker, more manipulative. It is saved by Spencer (of TV's West Wing), whose towering rage at the dying light is awesome and hilarious.

--By Richard Schickel

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