Reviewed by Nicholas Linnehan
Manhattan Rep produced an original work entitled, Men. This play, written and directed by Ken Wolfe, depicts 20 monologues about the “shortcomings” of men. If you want to laugh at people and yourself, go see this play. What makes this play work, instead of just being a forum for women to vent, is the human elements found in these hysterical pieces. Mr. Wolfe manages to masterfully weave subtle truths about human nature that make the pieces funny and poignant.
Now, as everyone knows, no writing or directing could be brilliant without talented actors. Jennifer Pierro opens the jam with great comic timing and a whole lot of pizzazz as a witty-jaded female dealing with inferior males. Also, unforgettable was Elizabeth Hoyte as a dominatrix and Sarah Paige as an optimistic cheerleader faced with the bitter reality that men are scum. These actors bring great energy and honesty to their work.
Despite some uneven casting, this play has something for everyone, male and female, old and young. It is most definitely entertaining and most certainly a treat!
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