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Tale of unlikely lovers charms

Oct 30 2012
Jan Sjostrom | Palm Beach Daily News

Secret romantics and those who wear their hearts on their sleeves more openly will be charmed by Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of Talley's Folly, a tale of a mismatched couple on the cusp of middle age who blunder into love. Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play has only two characters, little action and is undeniably talky. Without a true impresario at the heart of it, the one-act show would drag. Fortunately, Brian Wallace's mercurial performance as the Jewish accountant Matt Friedman drives and illuminates the story. ...Michael Amico's Victorian-era boathouse, with its gaping holes, faded wood, bric-a-brac and overgrown vegetation, is the perfect romantic setting and metaphor for the joie de vivre the couple seeks to recapture. Brian O'Keefe's spot-on costumes–a baggy suit for Matt and a pretty flowered dress for Sally–inform the audience that both these characters are courting, whether Sally admits it or not. ...Dramaworks' production of this sweet, quirky story will have you rooting for the lovers from start to finish.