Stage Review

Southern Comforts (2006)

FULLER AND KEITH
Image credit: Southern Comfort: James Leynse
FULLER AND KEITH
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Opening Date: Oct 18, 2006; Lead Performances: Penny Fuller and Larry Keith; Writer: Kathleen Clark; Director: Judith Ivey

''I like the way you talk,'' says Gus (Larry Keith), an aging widower, to his new love, Amanda (Penny Fuller). After spending 90 minutes in their company, we heartily agree. Eschewing the schmaltz that often accompanies such On Golden Pond-like shows, Kathleen Clark's two-hander concerns the aforementioned duo: a set-in-his-ways retiree and a vibrant Southern belle, both recovering from the loss of their spouses, as they court in the former's native New Jersey. While Clark's writing tends toward sitcom slickness, film/stage luminary Judith Ivey directs with crisp efficiency, slowing the tempo to a naturalistic pace that brings out the best in its marvelous stars. Sincere, warm, and filled with poignant longing, Fuller and Keith wring the maximum worth from every moment and create the most pleasant of diversions...like a cool glass of iced tea on a hot summer's day. (Tickets: Ticketcentral.com or 212-279-4200)

Originally posted Oct 26, 2006
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