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Play YourselfWhen Harry Kondoleon died in 1994 of complications from AIDS, the 39-year-old writer-poet-painter had amassed 17 plays, including Zero Positive, Saved...Play YourselfWhen Harry Kondoleon died in 1994 of complications from AIDS, the 39-year-old writer-poet-painter had amassed 17 plays, including Zero Positive, Saved...2002-08-02
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Play Yourself

Starring: Elizabeth Marvel, Marian Seldes; Director: Craig Lucas; Author: Harry Kondoleon; Opening Date: 07/10/2002

When Harry Kondoleon died in 1994 of complications from AIDS, the 39-year-old writer-poet-painter had amassed 17 plays, including Zero Positive, Saved or Destroyed, and this oddly engrossing piece. Part comedy, part drama, and all enigma, Play spotlights Jean (Marian Seldes), a faded film star with a passion for white wine and silver-screen memories. She coexists with dumpy daughter Yvonne – until their dreamy, dreary world is fractured by a sticky-fingered senior and a Godot-like mystery man. Director Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) – a playwright familiar with the fantastical – keeps the surreal show grounded, and pros like Elizabeth Marvel (revelatory as Yvonne) luxuriate in Kondoleon’s quirky characters. As for stage grande dame Seldes, her every gesture, sigh, and expression is exquisite. Play’s not perfect, but she may be.