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Theater Review: The Realistic Joneses Are All Talk

6 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Is Will Eno the absurdist Neil Simon? The 49-year-old playwright, a Pulitzer finalist in 2005 for Thom Pain (based on nothing), certainly has a gift for metaphysical one-liners, especially paraprosdokians, those jack-in-the-box epigrams that seem to lead one way before feinting another. Alas, in his first Broadway outing, it’s a gift he keeps giving till it hurts: The Realistic Joneses is a four-character play in which everyone talks like the deadpan comic Steven Wright. Try to guess which of the following lines are Wright’s and which Eno’s:  1.  Ice cream is a dish best served cold.2.  I intend to live forever; so far, so good.3.  A hundred-year-old fake is still a real antique.4.  The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.5.  It’s impossible to be almost late. Perfectly turned though they are, and serviceable for standup, such jokes (the odd-numbered ones are Eno »

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