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'Fool for Love' at New Rep: Love Me Knot

Downstage @ New Rep tightens the noose on Sam Shepard’s dark exploration into the volatile tug of war between abandonment and intimacyFool for Love.

Playwright Sam Shepard could never be accused of being a wide-eyed romantic. Yet, the tragic misfits at the heart of his amorously twisted Fool for Love do have a strangely tender appeal beneath all the swearing, punching, drinking and menace. In a taut revival currently enjoying a spirited run at the black box theater Downstage @ New Rep in Watertown, Mass., all of the sturm und drang, humanity and sadness of Shepard’s fractured fairy tale come vividly to life, thrusting raw nerves and borderline sociopathy directly into the face of an audience that is seated all too uncomfortably – and deliberately – close to the action.

To read my complete review at BroadwayWorld.com, click here.

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