Review: Edie Falco shines in touching ‘The Madrid’

February 26, 2013 • Entertainment

This undated theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Edie Falco, left, and Phoebe Strole during a performance of “The Madrid.” (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Humans, we’re told, have an ingrained flight-or-fight impulse. We either flee stress or stay and put up our mitts. The hero of Liz Flahive’s new play is definitely in the first group.

Martha, a kindergarten teacher played with usual soulfulness by Edie Falco, is a runner. In fact, the first scene opens with her teaching a class of children and then slipping away, telling them, “I’ll be right back.”

She’s lying: She won’t be back. She’s been planning this escape for a long time. For the rest of the play, it’s up to her family — husband, college-age daughter and mother — to come to grips with the hole made by Martha’s abdication.

They do it exceedingly quietly, befitting a play with a hero who bolts rather than fights. There are few fireworks or tears in Flahive’s touching, funny and beautiful play, whose world premiere is produced by the Manhattan Theatre Login to read more

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