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Review: ‘What Rhymes With America’ is quirky fun

December 12, 2012 • Entertainment


This publicity photo released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Chris Bauer, left, and Aimee Carrero in a scene from “What Rhymes With America,” a new play by Melissa James Gibson premiering off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Kevin Thomas Garcia)

NEW YORK (AP) — Desperation, poor timing, denial, miscommunication, estrangement, insecurities. All the stuff of comedy — thanks to Melissa James Gibson’s gift of quirky, intellectual writing as presented in her inventive new play “What Rhymes With America.”

World-premiering off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, the smart production that opened Wednesday night is filled with thoughtful moments, humor and weird truths. Gibson has a knack for giving her characters increasingly compelling, disjointed dialogue, non-sequiturs and silences.

Director Daniel Aukin has staged many of Gibson’s plays in New Login to read more

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