By Jennifer Armstrong
March 24, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT
Joan Marcus

Impressionism

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

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