Two of my three favorite plays this season have been produced by Playwrights Horizons. They’re Samuel D. Hunter’s drama, The Whale, about a 600-pound man self-destructing and Annie Baker’s comedy drama, The Flick, revolving around three adrift souls working at a small town movie house.
I’m so enthusiastic about the courageous nature of both plays that I was startled to learn PH artistic director Tim Sanford had felt it necessary to send his subscribers a letter defending The Flick. Or if I have it right, he sent the explanation only to the 3,000 subscribers who’d attended Baker’s remarkable work.
His reason—which I find misguided at the very least—was that some percentage (never quantified) of those patrons had either objected so much to the announced three-hour length that they left at intermission or remained for both acts and then complained.
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*Photo of Aaron Clifton Moten, Matthew Maher and Louisa Krause in The Flick by Joan Marcus courtesy The Clyde Fitch Report.