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Under World

By Josh Ben Friedman
Directed by Stephan Golux

New Chaos Productions
Trilogy Annex Theatre
341 West 44th St. Second Floor (501-2282)
Review by Doug DeVita

Under World by Josh Ben Friedman is a one-act play in which a humble luxury auto dispatch clerk comes face to face with his idol, the spoiled star of a popular TV cop drama, all thanks to the highly questionable intentions of one highly questionable drug dealer.

As he demonstrated with his full-length Barstool Words last summer, Friedman is a playwright to be watched. His command of language is dazzling, wielding the truth like a scalpel as he explosively dissects human nature, circa 2000. If Under World is not as clear in its intent as Barstool Words, that may only be because Friedman had more that he wanted to say and couldn't fit it all in in its current one-act state. It often felt as if this production were an edited version of a longer play, with key transitional scenes missing. Stephan Golux's direction, however, was impeccable, and he was blessed with a cast of pros  (Justin Reinsilber, Corey Patrick, and especially Kevin Daniels) who were as comfortable with Friedman's language as if they had been born speaking it. What a ride!

Box Score
Under World
Writing
2
Directing
2
Acting
2
Set
N/A
Costumes
1
Lighting/Sound
1

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