Saturday, July 20 th, 2019 at 00:07 am 


You can’t change the world sober…’ Wilson Milam, the Tony Award-nominated director of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, returns to New York to direct the World Premiere of David Hay’s compelling new play A Perfect Future. This darkly comic and provocative play explores the question of whether people can be married and truly love each other when their political persuasions are diametrically opposedSYNOPSIS


A Perfect Future is down at the Cherry Lane Theater and there is actually a very good restaurant nearby, catty corner to it, called Commerce which is also worth your time and effort.  But back to the play; it’s a four-person play.  The scene opens with Natalie and her college chum. John who has come to collect money for the defense funds for Mohammed, so this tells you a lot.  It turns out that John is gay, but has slept with both Natalie and her husband, Elliott, who is a big deal at a venture capital fund and Elliott and Natalie are very huggy kissy and they were, apparently, all three revolutionaries in their youth.  Elliott invites Mark, who is somebody from his office, over to, I suppose as perhaps a date for John.What ensues is a discussion about how liberals get to be conservative and how sexual  politics really does effect everything and how capitalism can sometimes overwhelm liberalism.  It’s a 90 minute play with a 10 minute introduction and the acting is very good. Many bottles of wine are consumed and there is an in vino veritas thingy going on as well.   There are so many ideas that are going on here, though, I think it probably would have been served better by either fewer ideas or a slightly longer play.  It just gets a little bit hodge-podgy, but they are interesting actors and it’s an interesting idea, so I will give it two and a half stars.