Joan Marcus
Melissa Rose Bernardo
April 28, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Collected Stories

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
04/28/10
performer
Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson
director
Lynne Meadow
author
Donald Margulies

We gave it a B+

Why, you ask, would Manhattan Theatre Club follow its premiere of Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still with a revival of Collected Stories — his crafty 1996 literary drama that’s already been done twice in New York City? So we can hear Linda Lavin turn out two hours’ worth of delicious bons mots like ”Life’s too short for The New Yorker.” Lavin is relishing, but not milking, her role as a writer/professor/reluctant mentor; Deadwood‘s Sarah Paulson is ever-so-slightly (perhaps appropriately) grating as her sycophantic protégée. B+

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