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Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday To-Do: 'The Fever'

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM

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Alan Douglas stars and directs.

‘THE FEVER'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

This one-man show business is catchy. Just as the Rep stages its one-man play starring Lawrence Hamilton, the Weekend Theater attaches its fortunes to another sort of name talent. With apologies to Alan Douglas, who stars and (amazingly) directs himself, it's the playwright, in this case, who's likely to be the draw. Known popularly, depending on your generation, as the son of New Yorker editor William Shawn, the villain in “The Princess Bride,” the oddball philosophical stepdad on “Gossip Girl” or as a voice in name-your-favorite-animated movie, Wallace Shawn has managed a parallel career, crafting work as dark and politically charged as his acting is light and fanciful. “The Fever” debuted in 1990, though you might remember it from HBO's 2007 adaptation starring Vanessa Redgrave. The play centers on a nameless, well-to-do American narrator, who delivers a monologue amidst a fever on a bathroom floor of a hotel room in an impoverished country where a political execution is scheduled the very next day, directly below the narrator's window. Maybe you can guess: The play delves into complicity and conscience and privilege. It's bound to be provocative.

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