Linklater, the author of the new play “The Whirligig,” is best known as
an actor. And for the overstuffed drama that opened on Sunday night at
the Pershing Square Signature Center, he has whipped up a multicourse
meal for fellow actors to feast upon.
The cast of this New Group
production numbers eight. And there are juicy scenes for each
performer, brimming with showy but spontaneous reversals of feeling
along with dialogue that dances off the tongue. Everybody gets a chance
to reign, and to reign in pain, since this is a story of forms of
addiction and of death at an early age.
might be expected of a New Group show — especially one staged by that
great talent hound (and the company’s artistic director) Scott Elliott —
all the cast members have assured styles and a high cool quotient. They
include the two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and, fresh off the final season of “Girls,” Zosia Mamet.
both terrific; everybody is. So let me name the rest right now: Noah
Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini, Grace Van Patten and Dolly
Wells. They all create highly convincing interpretations of solipsists,
while playing nicely with others.