Asuncion

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Asuncion is a play by Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, that Jesse Eisenberg, who won an Oscar nomination for The Social Network. He plays Edgar, who is kind of a social misfit living with Justin Bartha; yeah, that one from The Hangover. His brother is played by Remy Auberjonois, who drops off his hot, sexy, Filipino wife to stay with them for undisclosed reasons for a couple of weeks. This is supposed to be a political satire, yet I don’t think it is very political. It is very clever and very well written, and Jesse clearly has a feeling for rhythm, pacing and humor. On the other hand, he doesn’t quite know how to end it. He is 28 years old, but he wrote this apparently before he got hot, as he explains it, from The Social Network. I thought it was well acted, well directed and I think that Jesse, if he ever wants to turn to writing full-time, probably could have a career at it. Four stars. Also, be aware that it is playing at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York and they do student rush on the day of where you can get $10 tickets, because they very much want to have Jesse’s age group come in and be able to go see the play. So, that is an additional thing to check. I was very impressed. Four stars.

 

JOY METER