‘The Portuguese Kid’ Theater Review: Even John Patrick Shanley’s Trump Jokes Don’t Land

  • The Wrap
Screwball comedies work when two mismatched people just happened to have each other’s missing parts. They only really click when they’re together. John Patrick’s Shanley’s “The Portuguese Kid” is all about a man and woman who are mismatched from the get-go and never click to make a complete couple. In more ways than one, “The Portuguese Kid,” which opened Tuesday at Mtc’s City Center Stage 1, isn’t classic screwball. Shanley, who also directs, has attempted to write a warm-hearted farce. But where the heart ought to be there’s nothing but the shifting gears of
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