Gregory Kirschling
April 11, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Almost an Evening

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
01/09/08
performer
F. Murray Abraham, Jonathan Cake
director
Neil Pepe
author
Ethan Coen

We gave it an B+

Ethan is the Coen brother who won three Oscars for No Country for Old Men in February and wryly offered two speeches that consisted of little more than ”Thank you” each time. Now, with fitting modesty (hence Almost an Evening), he’s brought three quick one-acts to the stage, and the first two in particular — the afterlife comedy Waiting and the spy tale Four Benches — are clever showcases for his droll minimalism. And just before each word starts to feel too precisely selected, F. Murray Abraham riotously blows the roof off as God Who Judges, a smack-talking Moses look-alike, in the raucous third playlet, Debate. (Tickets: 212-239-6200 or Telecharge.com) B+

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