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LUCAS CALEB ROONEY
Sports As Opera:
New York–based arts writer
Lucas Hnath's Red Speedo, which runs for 80 minutes with no intermission, is as lithe and lean as the swimmer who begins it with a literal splash -- clad only in a red racing suit, he plunges into a narrow, glass-fronted pool that makes up part of the set.
Aisle View: Last One in the Pool
Too many playwrights, nowadays, seem content to take an idea and stretch it out into some type of extended plot. Hnath has demonstrated, in both of his plays this season, that he has plenty to say and arrestingly interesting ways to say it.
First Nighter: Two Shakespeare "Problem" Plays Cause Additional Problems in Central Park
Writer, Drama Critic
The "problem plays" Shakespeare uncorked in the early 17th century contain enough problems that there's no call for directors and players to add new ones. That, however, is what's transpiring in the Public Theater's summer 2011 Central Park offerings.
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