Earnestly funny

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 3, 2010

Shea's trickiest task here?

"I think," Shea begins, then pauses a long while. "Keeping the actors on track, where they are not portraying characters but playing actions. I think that in portraying characters in this play there is a real danger that you could just play the villain, you could just play the washed-up drunken director, you could just play the innocent, hopeful youth, that it could stop in just a two-dimensional way."

Because there is such a meaningful, consequent underlying layer to this comedy, Shea says he feels "burdened" by his responsibility "to do justice to this brilliant piece of writing." And he laughs lightly.

If he does his job right, as he usually does, audiences too will be laughing, but much more than lightly.

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