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'Relatively Speaking' review: Woody Allen, Elaine May and Ethan Coen's comedy on Broadway

31 October 2011 3:15 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Comedies, without musical interludes, are just not that common on Broadway.

Sure, there have been some recent revivals -- notably "La Bete," "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Born Yesterday" -- and one-person shows such as "Ghetto Klown" and "Colin Quinn: Long Story Short," but new comedies, where no one dances, no one sings and we hang on wordplay, are pretty rare.

There's a reason. It's really hard to be funny.

But the three names behind "Relatively Speaking" -- Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, each of whom wrote original one-act plays for the show -- pull people into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

It's a fun night, and the comedies improve with each one. Coen's "Talking Cure" is about a mailman (Danny Hoch) who went postal and his subsequent sessions with a psychiatrist (Jason Kravits).

It's this one, in particular, where John Turturro's direction is most obvious, »


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