By Troy Patterson
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:56 AM EDT

Observatory Mansions

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Carey, a British playwright, has crafted a captivating absurdist vision of postapocalyptic rot. His protagonist, Francis Orme, is a middle-aged man-boy who curates a secret exhibition of found objects, an underground gallery of things cherished by their former possessors. He lives with an assortment of self-alienated freaks in an ancestral home-turned-grimy apartment house, the setting for overlapping vignettes about anxiety and decay. Despite wide patches of structural clumsiness and a B-movie climax, Observatory Mansions is, in its bizarre way, a sensitive yarn about loss.

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