Joan Marcus
Melissa Rose Bernardo
February 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Becky Shaw

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
01/08/09
performer
Kelly Bishop, Annie Parisse
director
Peter DuBois
author
Gina Gionfriddo

We gave it an A

”If you look hard enough at anything…anyone,” clucks Susan (Gilmore Girls‘ Kelly Bishop), ”you will be revolted by what you see.” The characters in Gina Gionfriddo’s blind-date-gone-bad black comedy Becky Shaw share the potential to revolt: Andrew (Thomas Sadoski) recalls falling for his sad wife on a ski trip (”She’s like blood on the snow”); manipulative Max (David Wilson Barnes) regards love as ”a happy by-product of use”; and unstable temp Becky (Annie Parisse) confesses her racist torture fantasies. But they’re also subversively funny — and improbably charming. (212-246-4422) A

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