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“All happy families are alike; Every happy family is not happy on its own.” This is Tolstoy’s first quote. Anna Karenina, and the principle, famously called “Anna Karenina principle” – that is the calculation of the factors that bring failure, while the successful outcome depends only on avoiding those factors reason—has been used to explain everything from animal breeding to probability theory. It also explains other things, like why the break is uncomfortable. Ireland is a great example: a wave of disaster struck my happy family’s trip, including a Covid epidemic, lost passports, and ridiculously slow Wi-Fi, although not so that some of my coughing and sneezing comforted my family as I pointed out progress. Retirement depends on them no working.

After ten days in Ireland, it was time to move on to the little green pastures. The first was Paris, where I took in the Musée D’Orsay one day and the Palace of Versailles the next, a double-dose of history and culture (and with walking) so strong that I can panic when I catch it. a flight to London, where I arrived in the middle of a heat wave. This is my impossible number with a long break, each new day testing the limits of the Karenina principle. I have my passport and I’ve successfully escaped Covid, but nothing beats the 104-degree heat in a hotel room with no AC. Looking to beat the heat for two hours, I continued my new job as an ersatz theater critic at the Ambassadors Theatre, where Theresa Rebeck’s is. Crazy house now through September 4thth.

Crazy house contrast Tolstoy’s statement about all unhappy families with a happy family that is supposed to be suffering: the original father (Bill Pullman) confronts imminent death; Eldest son Michael (David Harbour), taking care of his father after a long stint in a mental institution; The successful brother Ned (Stephen Wight), a millionaire who returns when he divides his father’s fortune; and Pam’s sister (Sinéad Matthews), a borderline cartoonist Karen who relishes the opportunity to torture Michael as the heir apparent.

It knows more than its dramatis personae, Crazy houseThe general idea is a “quirky dysfunctional family dramedy” (scary characters included), with a sick Jamaican nurse named ‘ of Lillian (Akiya Henry) and has no shortage of expletives. (This over-the-top performance reminds me of Adam Friedland’s one-line review of Cassavetes’ Faces: “You can tell pretty well from all the yelling.”) At first, Rebeck is able to defend. magical negro stereotypes while also recognizing how our health system relies on immigrant women of color to perpetuate the perception of black people, especially women, as slaves and Guardian, witch or whatever.

However, when the time comes to give Lillian a role beyond her role as family nurse, Rebeck fails her, giving her nothing more than a sad story about to a dead child and a sad cliché about the stars in the sky as the ones he saw. Jamaica. There’s something sad about watching an actor like Henry, pointing at the audience as if it were heaven, try to sell this shit. The same goes for the rest of the cast, including Harbor and Pullman, whose performances are often compared to a better play. Michael acts at the center of the game, and because he’s an unstoppable bag of powder (which is what Harbor is best at), the game itself is never on solid footing, a strategy that grows tiresome in the do it twice. Pullman is delightful as Daniel, playing against character as an unapologetic scumbag who only likes whiskey and cigarettes while his long-suffering children ponder his deathbed.

When he dies, it comes as a relief – to Michael, obviously, but to the public. Crazy house it’s like a long vacation: in the end, you like your home.

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