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Impressionism

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Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, ...
Joan Marcus

Impressionism

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
03/24/09
performer:
Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Aaron Lazar, Marsha Mason
director:
Jack O'Brien
author:
Michael Jacobs

We gave it a B

This pretty water lily of a production practices the art of romantic comedy admirably, with a nice mix of pathos, intellect, and wit. Penned by onetime sitcom scribe Michael Jacobs, Impressionism gives its Tony-winner leads — Jeremy Irons as a cerebral photographer recovering from tragedy and Joan Allen as a quintessential neurotic single gal who runs a gallery — just enough backstory to chew on without getting too bogged down. Their charged banter lightens the proceedings but falters when it gets a little too talky and psychoanalytical. As for the ending? Slightly too pat for a play whose central metaphor is such a subtle art. B