Review: "Dead Accounts" Comes Up Short

November 30, 2012 7:05 AM

Review:

" Playwright Theresa Rebeck was born and raised in Ohio, and from the sound of things, it may be time for her to get back to the Midwest.

As Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts” opens, Jack (Norbert Leo Butz, frenetic as ever) is sitting in the kitchen of his parents’ suburban Cincinnati home, devouring spoonfuls of Graeter’s ice cream and insisting on its superiority over any “gelato place” in Manhattan, which he has just fled. Jack has paid $1,000 for this fix of comfort food, because the store was closed and he had to bribe the fella mopping the floors to reopen. Where did Jack get this disposable cash? Look to the title of the new dark comedy from the creator of "Smash" and author of last year's stronger "Seminar" for a hint to the answer.

The ice cream episode serves as kicking off point for a series of rants about the virtues of the Buckeye State (“You know, you could eat thousands of cheese coneys for the cost of one dinner at Babbo”) and, in turn, against New York, where everyone is “too skinny” and, to Jack, the women all look unhappy "

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