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‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage,’ ‘946,' — theater review


“How to Transcend a Happy Marriage” Mitzi E. Newhouse

An impromptu orgy rattles the BFF status of two married couples — George, as in Georgia, and Paul (Marisa Tomei and Omar Metwally) and Jane and Michael (Robin Weigert and Brian Hutchison).

Chalk it up to pot brownies and, even more, provocatively polyamorous Pip (Lena Hall), who hunts her own meat and slays in the bedroom with two live-in boyfriends (David McElwee and Austin Smith). Sarah Ruhl’s play starts with promise, is skillfully acted and deftly staged by Rebecca Taichman, but after a magical twist, one of the author’s signatures, the story about the limits and limitlessness of love turns ungainly and less interesting. “My life is so small!” says George. The play is too much.

“946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips” St. Ann’s Warehouse

The coolest cat in town through April 9 is the titular tabby in this charming and surprisingly touching creation by author Michael Morpurgo (“War Horse”), director Emma Rice and the ever-inventive British Kneehigh Theatre Company, known for “Brief Encounter” and “Tristan & Yseult.” A talented multitasking ensemble and a merry band of musicians recall a dark slice of World War II. The number in the show’s name recalls casualties when a supposed “rehearsal” for D-Day and the Normandy invasion turned all too real.

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