Review: Touching but forced ‘Lonely, I’m Not’

May 8, 2012 • Entertainment

In this theater image released by The Hartman Group, Olivia Thirlby, left, and Topher Grace are shown during a performance of “Lonely I’m Not,” in New York. (AP Photo/The Hartman Group, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Heather and Porter’s relationship is having a rocky start midway through Paul Weitz’s new comedy “Lonely, I’m Not.”

“I was hospitalized for four months, I have recurring dreams about my terminally ill mother, and I cry when I have sex with you. Ready to run for the hills yet?” Porter asks his budding girlfriend.

“I can’t really run off anywhere,” she replies. “I’m blind.”

Starring the very likable Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby, “Lonely, I’m Not” is a touching and winsome but sometimes forced comedy that made its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre and opened Monday.

Weitz’s two leads are well acquainted with his love affair with self-discovery, having lured them to his work before — Grace starred in his “In Good Company,” and Thirlby is in his upcoming “Being Flynn.” Trip Cullman directs with a calm energy that enhances the stutter-steps of these lovers and often requires separate but overlapping Login to read more

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