“Moon” Shines Bright in New York

Last night, I attended a reading of “A Moon to Dance By,” a new play by Thom Thomas. It took place at Primary Stages in New York, on the set of that company’s current hit, “Dividing the Estate,” by Horton Foote. Since Foote’s play takes place inside a well-appointed interior in Harrison, Texas and Thomas’s is set in Taos, New Mexico, in July, 1939, it took a minute to adjust one’s imagination to the southwestern U.S. After that, the packed theater could effortlessly enjoy a story about D. H. Lawrence‘s ex, Frieda, and her attempt to reconcile with Monty, the son from her early marriage to an English professor. Jane Alexander and Maxwell Caulfield were fascinating in the parts, and Robert Cuccioli got laughs (and tears) as Frieda’s Italian lover, Angelo. What an evening!

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