Threeplay

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  July 28, 2010

His father is where this play eventually circles and settles. Play-Bragen discovers a faded Polaroid that had fallen behind the radiator, and he is startled to discover familiar faces around an office party punch bowl. This is the workplace his father used to take him to as a little boy, when the space was occupied by a market research firm. Bragen dredges up memories and reconstructs some of his father's life, but to little illumination or consequence.

There are process plays and there are payoff plays. The fact that This Is My Office provides no dramatic payoff is no crime, not so long as subtle unfolding remains a creative option. But this tale has the characteristics of an endless shaggy dog story mumbled by a drunken wedding guest who has latched onto your sleeve. Bragen is aware of this, at several times early on making excuses for the story's slow progress, even joking to us: "I won't get to the heart of this for a little while, so if you have to pee . . . ." Fortunately, nobody took up the offer and had to face a decision about returning.

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