Behind closed doors

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  December 19, 2008

As agitated romantic Lorraine, her tailored suits a bit tight and her toned body parts well aimed at the casual visitor, Angela Brazil proves skilled at diverting her character's understandable nervousness and keeping her cut-bait savvy under wraps. Timothy John Smith deftly cloaks Mr. Dart's menace in amiable, even kindly professionalism. And Timothy Crowe, as Mr. Raymond, flies what might be a red flag of a prologue with chatty, effortless ease and later turns on a dime from avuncular authority to stoic terror. It does, however, take The Receptionist an awfully long time to stop gabbing and buzz in its more ominous subject matter.

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