Metropolitan Playhouse

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The awful truth about “The Awful Truth” is that it is one of the best
entertainment values in the Big Apple. The play written by Arthur Richman
in 1922 takes place among “New York Society” and is a Comedy of Manners.
It is staged in one of the Metropolitan Playhouse’s more intimate venues, a staging
Perfectly suited to the material, as you feel that you are a guest watching
the goings on.

The main characters are an impoverished, (her view), her ex-husband, her
current fiancé, the Trent’s, her married friends, and the perfectly cast fiancé’s aunt.

Lucy Warriner is luminous as the divorcée. Her interplays with ex-husband, Nate
Washburn, are a pleasure, they are very well written and performed. They fight and bicker, she is the ultimate drama queen, but through it all an undercurrent of
of romance lurks.

J Stephen Brantley as the fiancé, Leeson, is impressively stuffy and self important, while his aunt, Alexandra O’Daly, a paragon of virtue and rectitude is the relative many of us have and try to avoid. Benjamin Russell opens the play in a conversation with Leeson that sets up Leeson’s character, while Erin Leigh Schmoyer as his wife was excellent as Lucy’s clueless friend.

Eden Epstein, a French name if I ever heard one, plays the French maid and Lucy’s
conspirator, and has the stereotyped French maids walk done pat.

The direction, sets, costumes and lighting are all extremely well done;

The play in three acts, with one intermission, is clever, well acted and staged, and can be seen for the price of a movie. It plays through October 18th at the Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E 4th St. in the East Village.

If you are looking for a very entertaining and clever theater experience, this is
opportunity that won’t break the bank.
Written October 8, 2015
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