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‘Antlia Pneumatica’ Theater Review: Title Means ‘Air Pump,’ Which Is All You Need to Know

4 April 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Beware of plays with coy, obscure titles that are clumsily explained shortly before the final curtain. Anne Washburn’s sketchy new one-act play, “Antlia Pneumatica,” which opened Monday at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons, includes a scene in which two characters look into the night sky. The mysteriously romantic Adrian (Rob Campbell) points to the little-known Antlia Pneumatica, a constellation resembling an air pump. At least he thinks it resembles an air pump. Nina (the always engaging Annie Parisse) isn’t so sure, mainly because she can’t find the stars he’s talking about. Adrian goes on to find other stars, »

- Robert Hofler

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