Put a story together about Washington D.C. ,with all the political drama, with some twists and turns and humor, followed by acting of Uma Thurman, directed by Pam Mac Kinnon , lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and written by Beau Willimon and you have a grand lop of crap.
Parisian was one of the worst plays that I have ever seen. other then Peter, (Marton Csokas), the acting was awful. Josh Lucas(Tom), who I loved in the movies Stealth, Glory Road and American Psycho, should stick to movies as he was not even a factor in this play.
The play is about Chloe, (Thurman), and her affair with Peter to enhance Tom’s career as a tax attorney who would rather be the 4th circuit judge. It seems a logical choice as it is a lifetime appointment.The play at this point could go in a better direction, could have been more meaningful, but it does not.
As the play moves on we find a women,Jeanette,(Blair Brown) who is in line for the chairman of the Fed, who can help Tom get the job through the channels that be. Brown, like her husband, are conservative, as is her husband Tom. At this point, we meet her ultra liberal Harvard Law School daughter Rebecca,(Phillipa Soo), who looks more like her grand daughter then daughter. Soo is also Asian, adding to the confusion, I guess the play went for the diversity effect.
It is soon revealed that Chloe is also having an affair with Rebecca. The ridiculousness goes even further in the last 15 minutes when it is revealed that Tom is a closet socialist who will champion gerrymandering, social issues and healthcare. It is revealed that Peter wants to take credit for now Tom’s appointment to the bench and that Tom has known about there fling for some time but it’s okay and that she is done with him because he couldn’t help them. The love affair is also over with Rebecca, who Chloe also used to blackmail her mother.
The show is weak, lacks any dept or substance. i have not seen such a subversive play since Death Watch? at the truck and theater in the East Village in 1981. That barn burner was about nuclear energy and was just as socialist. The Trump bashing was getting so stupid in this show that it just added to the bile that this show is. The lighting was equally as awful, I recognized Lucas by his unique voice, as I could not pick him nor Thurman up on stage. Thurman, a C actor at best could not carry her role, nor could Brown nor Soo. The direction had no direction. Facial expressions and timely pauses were no where to be found of any substance.
You can miss this one, Au Voir!
Robert M Massimi.