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The ReceptionistIn Adam Bock's '05 flight of fancy Swimming in the Shallows, a man romanced a shark. In his sharp black comedy The Receptionist,...The ReceptionistIn Adam Bock's '05 flight of fancy Swimming in the Shallows, a man romanced a shark. In his sharp black comedy The Receptionist,...2007-11-27
The Receptionist

(Joan Marcus)

B+

The Receptionist

Starring: Jayne Houdyshell; Director: Joe Mantello; Author: Adam Bock; Opening Date: 10/30/2007

In Adam Bock’s ‘05 flight of fancy Swimming in the Shallows, a man romanced a shark. In his sharp black comedy The Receptionist, the sharks wear suits and feed off the title character, played with a remarkable mix of tsk-tsk superiority and Midwestern warmth by Jayne Houdyshell. She contrasts terrifically with the brittle beauty of co-worker Kendra Kassebaum, reticence of boss Robert Foxworth, and boyish charm of bigwig Josh Charles. Bock gives them all dark sides. That he refuses to fill in the blanks — what do they do for a living, anyway? — is both gimmicky and admirable. (212-581-1212) B+