Lost Lake comes from the Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, so expectations are naturally high for any new work by him. Grand Concourse is from Heidi Schreck, the Obie-winning talent who also writes for TV's Nurse Jackie. Neither quickens the pulse, though each play is blessed with a fine cast.
Logan (John Hawkes) and Veronica (Tracie Thoms) don't exactly meet cute. They meet awkward. They meet uncertain. They meet at cross-purposes. And they stay that way and don't stay that way in David Auburn's not entirely absorbing Lost Lake at Manhattan Theatre Club's City Center Stage 1.
Only serious jazz fans remember Joe Albany, a pianist whose bright and energetic attack kept him working until his death in 1988. Low Down, based on a memoir by his daughter, Amy, feels hackneyed, despite being a true story.
The parts got bigger as Hawkes developed a reputation as a character actor with the skills to play everything from goofy to menacing. He worked more and more -- and his choices expanded after he earned an Oscar nomination for 2010's Winter's Bone.
In its depiction of successful sexual consummation by a physically impaired man the film has been likened to the 1978 film, Coming Home. And both are touted as films about sexually impaired men who overcome limitations.
Lincoln's major achievement is the creation of the grand world in which Lincoln exists in balance with the quiet, tender internal struggle he endured. The films confronts issues of freedom we debate to this day.
Capturing a period when innocence was under assault on all fronts, director Julia Dyer (Late Bloomers), shooting from a script by her sister Gretchen, tells a tale old and young facing uncertain futures, not all of them with a suitable measure of grace.