by Paula Citron
Because I attended a tech rehearsal of Jon Robin Baitz’s The Paris Letter, it is patently unfair to talk about the production. What I can discuss is the play.
The Paris Letter, which debuted in New York in 2005, gives me hope for American theatre which has become glib of late. This play is dense, intelligent and absorbing. It is not surprising that it opens in Pride Week because the anti-hero is a man who battles against his homosexuality for 40 years.
The characters are superbly drawn, and the themes are as au current as today’s headlines. We meet a corrupt investment banker and a man of honour and the lives they both destroy. The sophisticated dialogue paints intriguing pictures of both New York’s upper class and bohemian society.
This is a play about passions and bad choices. It is a rich evening of theatre.
The Paris Letter opens on Thurs. and continues until Jun. 30.
From the Tarragon Extra Space, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.