Lyric is Waiting
Lyric is Waiting – Theater Review
When we play the hero, who are we really saving?
“Lyric is Waiting” is a new play by Michael Puzzo , which is downstairs at the Iris Rep, which is one of the more claustrophobic spaces I’ve ever been in. It’s not that I didn’t like the play, because there are parts of it I really liked. Basically mental illness is clearly the hot new ticket on Broadway, whether we’re talking about “Next to Normal” or “Lyric is Waiting”. Kind of a Joe Everyman marries a woman who is clearly psychotic and fantasizes about Bigfoot. Then there’s a librarian. You can see this is heavy on metaphor. The performances, I thought, were pretty good. It’s an interesting idea. Part of it is the space is just so claustrophobic, it’s hard to literally breathe in it, and I suppose that’s part of the point of the play — about our expectations and about how we are male and how we are female and what makes us feel safe and what scares us. I give it three stars.