|Billy Crudup. Photo: Carol Rosegg|
By David Cale
Directed by Leigh Silverman
Minetta Lane Theatre
Through May 13
By Lauren Yarger
Have you ever told a lie, then had to tell another and another to keep up with the first? Meet Harry Clarke (Billy Crudup) a whole person created by a run of falsehoods that changes the lives of his creator and all of those around him.
The return engagement of the world premiere of David Cale's play, which extended twice at the Vineyard, last year, is a tour de force for Crudup (The Coast of Utopia). Even at the age of 8, Phil Brugglestein doesn't feel comfortable with himself and to his rough, Midwestern father's dismay, starts speaking with a British accent. As an adult, he moves to New York where the alter ego's cool persona comes in handy when timid Philip meets wealthy Mark and his family. Passing himself off as hip music business manager Harry Clarke, Philip develops relationships with Mark, his sister, Stephanie, and their mother, Ruth with surprising consequences.
With a set by Alexander Dodge that doesn't change, except for hues of color added by Lighting Designer Alan C. Edwards to mark changes of scene, the focus is on Crudup, who takes us through the emotional rollercoaster ride of a man stuck in a world of deception that threatens his own sanity. It's a riveting 75 minutes directed by Leigh Silverman. Look for some theater award wins in the solo category here.
Harry Clarke lives a double life at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane, NYC. through May 13. Perfromances are Tuesday-Saturday at 7 pm; Saturday a t 2 pm; Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are $57-$87: libertytheatresusa.com
Costume Design by Kaye Voyce; Sound Design by Bart Fasbender; Original Music by David Cale.
-- God's name taken in vain
-- Sexual dialogue