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She Say’s: All The Fine Young Boys Aren’t So Fine

She Say’s: All The Fine Young Boys Aren’t So Fine
Isabelle Fuhrman, Abigail Breslin

Isabelle Fuhrman, Abigail Breslin. Photos by Monique Carboni.

One has to wonder what Erica Schmidt’s (Peter Dinlage’s wife) teenage angst consisted of. Her new play All The Fine Boys at The Signature produced by The New Group, doesn’t bode well for teenage coming or not coming of age in small town USA. We all know the typical rhetoric of noone understand you, your body’s is changing and your hormones are on over drive. Now days 67% of girls are having sex as early as 13 and teen age crushes rule how your brain thinks and you behave.

Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman

Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman. Photo by Monique Carboni.

It is the 80’s and we are in suburbia South Carolina, as best friends Emily (Isabelle Fuhrman) and Jenny (Abigail Breslin) are excited to turn 15. They watch horror films, eat junk food, gushing over popularity and boys. Emily is crushing on Adam (Alex Wolff), who at 17 is a senior, rebel, guitar-playing, self-involved, bad boy out of her league. Jenny, shortly meets a man, she has known from church, a little younger than her father. We follow back and forth as both these relationships play out.

Isabelle Fuhrman, Alex Wolff

Isabelle Fuhrman, Alex Wolff. Photo by Monique Carboni.

Isabelle Fuhrman, succeeds the most in finding some kind of layering in Emily. We believe her desperate need for warmth and attention. The attraction she feels for Adam feels real. Alex Wolff as Adam is cocky and rebellious, playing the role perfectly. Abigail Breslin just never feels real and she is done a disservice in the horrible costuming by Tom Broecker. We should morn for Jenny, as we know from the moment she meets Joseph she is doomed. As Joseph, Joe, Trippett just doesn’t seem conflicted. For a religious zealot who is a pedophile, with secrets to hide there is no lust or yearning on his face as he goes for his victim. I recommend seeing Kid Victory and Jeffry Denman’s exquisite performance.

Schmidt script, is a mediocre mess. Everything falls flat, in such a predictable way. Nothing is layered and everything that happens seems dishonest. Even the end just peters out. Youth, sex and angst have an electrical energy to it, All the Fine Boys does not. Ms. Schmidt also directs and is just as helpless there.

Done on one set that serves as Jenny’s basement, Joseph’s apartment and Adam’s bedroom does not work as there were always remnants of the last scene, especially with the birthday cake.

Ms. Schmidt puts the awkward years, into an awkward play instead of finding a voice in which to say something significant. What a waste.

 

 

All the Fine BoysThe New Group, The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St. until March 26th.

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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