Friday, Dec. 21, 2001

The Drawer Boy

Will anyone pay attention to a quiet, understated play about two middle-aged brothers living on a farm — in Canada? Oh, let's give it a try. Michael Healey's comedy-drama is beautifully paced and written, and the sentiment has some sly and unexpected edges. A popular success in Canada, the play had its U.S. premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater in a little-noticed production that featured two of the year's best performances, by Frank Galati (director of Ragtime) and Frasier's John Mahoney.