Extinction – Theater Review
A play about what transpires between two college buddies whose annual outing of male-bonding and debauchery veers precipitously off course when unmet expectations spiral into a volatile showdown.
Pick of the Week!
Extinction is one of those little gems that you get to bump into in New York. It’s at the Cherry Lane theater and it stars two very good actors whom you would probably recognize whom I did not because I don’t watch television, James Roday from Psych, and Michael Weston from House. Also, Amanda Detmer and Stephanie E. Frame. And I don’t want to tell you very much about the women, but it’s basically the guy’s play. The idea is two college buddies get together annually to do their kind of male bonding and messing around, drinking too much, and hitting on women. This year they meet in Atlantic City. One is a college professor of English at Columbia with a Ph.D. The other makes a lot of money with a drug company. They’re both very good actors, and the writing in this is particularly good. It’s written by Gabe McGinley, and it’s just got a whole bunch of kind of obscene, tacky, very clever one-liners. It’s just 90 minutes of real fun at the theater. If the F-bomb is offensive to you, you may want to skip this, but if you can tolerate it a little bit, what you’ll find is a really wonderful payoff for good acting and a clever script. It gets four full stars.