Monday, June 26, 2006

The Busy World is Hushed.

The New York Times had this review of a recently opened play "The Busy World is Hushed." It sounds like an interesting take on faith, relationships, and how we construct our faith and view of the world. (Check out the very good audio slide show featuring the playwright, Keith Bunin.) The review is written by Charles Isherwood. It reads:

"With the Episcopal Church in a tizzy about homosexuality — as much of a tizzy as Episcopalians can muster, anyway — and that intriguing new gospel of Judas the subject of much speculation, Keith Bunin's new play, "The Busy World Is Hushed," arrives at a propitious moment.

"This engaging if too tidy domestic drama about conflicts of family and of faith, which opened last night at Playwrights Horizons, is essentially a tale of a loving mother, a troubled son and the man who may be able to heal the breach between them. But Mr. Bunin expands its scope with considered discussions of the church's tense relationship with its gay members, as well as with the more arcane issue of the Bible as a literary construct, as opposed to the official word of God."

Read it all.

The Busy World Is Hushed

By Keith Bunin; directed by Mark Brokaw; production design by Allan Moyer; lighting by Mary Louise Geiger; sound and music, Lewis Flinn; production manager, Christopher Boll; production stage manager, David Sugarman; assistant stage manager, Mary Kathryn Flynt. Presented by Playwrights Horizons, Tim Sanford, artistic director. At Playwrights Horizons, Mainstage Theater, 416 west 42nd Street. Through July 9. (212) 279-4200. Running time: 2 hours.

WITH: Hamish Linklater (Brandt); Jill Clayburgh (Hannah) and Luke MacFarlane (Thomas) .

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