Get a double dose of culture with this play about the Metropolitan Museum and its works.
By Ellen Wernecke
You can’t do the Met in 90 minutes, but the series of short comedies “Exhibit This!” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival is a hilarious substitute. Egyptian statutes come alive in “Oh, Those Antiquities” to bicker about their forthcoming tour, while a coat check girl who’s all out of love cautions against workplace romance in “Dating in the Planetarium.” The clear winner is “The Curator,” a monologue about the “largest breakout of museum history” of characters from a painting, although to nitpick, the painting in question (George Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon at the Island of La Grande Jatte”) is in the Art Institute of Chicago, not the Met. A “Misguided Tour” featuring a bitter and sad curator wends throughout the play, although it certainly isn’t necessary to the show. Best of all, you can take the kids to “Exhibit This!” although you should cover their ears during “Fertility God Fugue.”
Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival
Through August 5, WorkShop Theatre, 312 W. 36th St.
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