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The Vast Difference



face. His plays about contemporary society, dashed off in haste and served up fast, are candid, not-half-bad shots of the world we live in. And he knows deeply and instinctively how to write scenes for actors. But so far, at least, he's no Arthur Miller or Edward Albee: his plays don't have strong bones that can be picked over a generation later for new meat.

Director Guy Sanville gives Vast Difference some tender attention and smart production values (the play literally opens with smoke and mirrors) and introduces some new male talent to the stage: Daniel Eyde, who's got a great testosterone-y Robert De Niro thing going on; and Drew Parker, with smoldering bedroom eyes, who is deliciously cast as one of the silliest men in modern history. But nice directorial work only partially disguises the fact that the vast difference most in evidence is the one between 1993, when the play was first performed, and 2013.

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