Ugarte engages in a series of stratagems to avoid Agustini and to refuse to heed her protestations of love: her presence in his life is simply too inconvenient, and he is left to attempt to console himself with cheap romantic cliches about the finality of her death and his own aimlessness
. The result is a very adequate depiction of masculinist disengagement and the terrible cruelty of admiring a woman for her social and erotic independence while at the same time being horrified over its implications for male authority.
While the decision to enlist most of the show's original cast (Rapp, Pascal, Martin, Heredia, Menzel and Taye Diggs all created their characters onstage) will please diehard Rentheads, it raises awkward questions as to why these people, some of them clearly pushing 40, are still floundering in artsy aimlessness
. While there's a general charisma shortage, the actors all do OK, with Dawson, Thorns and Martin finding more emotional nuances than most.
The absurdity of this life, and its hopelessness and aimlessness
, are vividly portrayed in this "unreal" story with the impossible title "February 30th," referring to an impossible day, following upon the hero's birthday, which itself falls on the rather uncommon February 29th.
Compulsively viewable until its zonked-out, speed freak hero's aimlessness
stops the movie dead in its tracks, Eric G.
Thus, in comparison to Svieta's moral aimlessness
, Reyhan's staunch integrity stands out as a real quality, not just a conventional cultural reaction.
Original title refers to a local version of Blind Man's Bluff, which aptly describes Thiago's aimlessness
and isolation as he waits to heal and fight another day.
He followed in 2002 with the digitally shot "Unknown Pleasures," which skipped ahead to the start of this decade, again examining Northerners, this time crippled by aimlessness
and lack of prospects.
Judging from grumblings heard along the Rialto--and scattered walkouts at intermission--there may be many theatergoers who mistake the play's subtlety for aimlessness
, its loose-jointed structure for formlessness, its elliptical style for meaninglessness.
The penny-ante-crooks-on-the-lam road movie has long been a popular choice for American low-budget debut outings, but here the desultory aimlessness
of the action--with its savvy pacing and convincing thesping--is mirrored by a generalized nihilism at every turn.
There's an unstated but clear symbolism in how bus driver Nurit's (Anat Waxman) circular route in the northern Israeli town of Qiryat Shemone matches the aimlessness
of her vacuous marriage.
But that's part of its charm: In its conscious airiness and aimlessness
, it celebrates the transitory, ever-malleable nature of the theatrical form, lovingly honoring the freedom from structure the stage can afford a writer.
But no amount of amiable goofing could entirely compensate for the aimlessness
of the spoofing, and the general, uh, limpness of the wit on display here.