Theater Reviews: The Stage Dive Weekend Roundup

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Theater Reviews: The Stage Dive Weekend Roundup
4000 Miles (at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater through May 20)Leo (brilliant newcomer Gabriel Ebert) is a mysteriously shell-shocked slacktivist who's just completed a cross-country cycling trip, Seattle to New York City. Something went badly wrong along the way, but Leo's not ready to talk about it, not even with Vera (Grey Gardens' Mary Louise Wilson), his cantankerous communist grandmother, whose Greenwich Village apartment becomes Leo’s crash-pad and emotional rehab center for a season of soul-searching. 4000 Miles sounds like an inert, hide-the-ball living-room drama, but the ever more promising Amy Herzog (After the Revolution) has pulled off a clever trick: She uses highly conventional writing to plumb (but never milk) a highly unconventional relationship between two lost idealists, both tested by life, both teetering on the brink of ideological incoherence — both at a loss for words. Wilson’s Vera is an absolutely delightful creation, an old-fashioned Village Red who
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