john ruppeck’s Event Journal

Third 022014
Thursday March 13, 2014 / 7:30pm
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At ArtsWest a wonderful group of players under the guidance of director Peggy Cannon is presenting "Third," the last play written by Wendy Wasserstein prior to her death. The piece deals with intrenched biases: an esteemed professor believes a young athlete she also thinks, erroneously, to be a member of the privileged class is incapable of producing an assigned paper of originality and depth. Wasserstein whose works have won innumerable awards, including the Pulitzer, seems to me to have written two plays. The first act plays as a bright comedy, the second is much darker. I thought perhaps she'd been ill before her death and didn't have the strength to rework her text. Whilst the entire cast was remarkable, I was particularly struck by Kate Witt's portrayal of Nancy Gordon, I thought her work demonstrated great simplicity and truth in a role that is not particularly colorful. At any rate the play should have great appeal to anyone looking for a happy evening out, particularly if the playgoer has had an academic environment of his own to survive. Hurry to see it though, it closes on March 22nd.