by David Mamet (The Storefront Theatre). A tarot reading leads a morally adrift businessman to act on violent instincts in NYC. Previews Nov 5, opens Nov 6 and runs to Nov 22, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $20-$25, preview $10.
Tim Walker has made a specialty of playing put-upon Everymen, and the challenging title role in Mamets play gives him the chance to play another on a grand, nearly Biblical scale. Its too bad the script and production arent better. After breaking up with his wife, Edmond heads out into the mean streets of NYC in search of adventure, but ends up being scorned and ripped off by an increasingly unsavoury set of characters. The show should move swiftly, but theres a start-and-stop feel to director Benjamin Blaiss production, and the acting is uneven. Using drummer Carter Hayden to bang and thrash between scenes works brilliantly, however. And Walker, whos in every scene, invests his character with anger, mania, desperation and remorse.
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