Review: Examining anger, empathy in ‘All The Rage’

January 30, 2013 • Entertainment

This theater image released by Richard Kornberg & Associates shows Martin Moran during a performance of “All the Rage,” in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Kornberg & Associates, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — In the opening of Martin Moran’s new solo play, “All the Rage,” an introspective but lively memoir, the performer tells the story of a bitter family argument and how he attempted to manage his emotions by inwardly reciting his “latest mantra,” an ancient Sanskrit proverb.

“The road to freedom is lit by compassion.”

Martin brings the saying to mind after flying hundreds of miles to attend his father’s funeral, only to be greeted rudely by his prickly, suspicious stepmother.

“It is a phrase to be repeated,” the soft-spoken but caustic New Yorker advises the audience with coy reverence, “… until convinced.”

Moran uses the ensuing clash and its unexpected result as a springboard into a series of isolated but similarly tense vignettes in this meditative comedy, which opened Wednesday at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

Endearingly humble, clever and funny, he takes us on his sometimes desperate mission to acquire “life clues” and achieve Zen Login to read more

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