bureaucracy, Curran Connor, Diverse City Theater Company, Ellen Van Oss, hostage-taking, Jamie Richards, journalism, Lainie Wells, Lee Blessing, Maruti Evans, realpolitick, terrorism, Theatre Row, Walker Harris
Before Diverse City Theater Company’s revival of Lee Blessing’s 1990 play Two Rooms even begins we are presented with a stark image. The bleached frame of a room is suspended from the ceiling well above the actors’ heads; a small oriental carpet is the only furnishing on stage. Maruti Evans designed the skillfully attuned lights that match his quietly effective set. The play, too, is no drama burnt by hot air and basted in vitriol fabricating conflict, but the quiet containment of suffering. Its refusal to shout benefits from sensitive direction by Jamie Richards.