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Cleverly breaking The Fourth Wall

Dec 29 2007
Mary Damiano | Sun-Sentinel

What if Shakespeare was right? What if all the world really is a stage? What if we're each trapped in our own little performance space, unable to break through and connect with the rest of the world? A.R. Gurney explores that premise with The Fourth Wall, his satire about American politics and modern relationships, now at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The title refers to the metaphorical barrier that separates actors from their audience. As The Fourth Wall opens, Roger (Peter Thomasson) is ushering longtime friend Julia (Angie Radosh) into the impeccably decorated living room he shares with his wife, Peggy (Patti Gardner)... The Fourth Wall is meant for a savvy audience up on politics and knowledgeable in the ways of theater. ...Gardner's naturalness as Peggy is a nice balance to Roger and Julia's histrionics, while Weiner plays his role with delicious glee. Michael Amico's scenic design is one of those gorgeous rooms into which one could easily move. It's layered and detailed, creating the perfect upscale suburban home. Once you wrap your mind around the off-kilter comedy, The Fourth Wall will make you laugh and think.