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Off-Off-Broadway Review

Lenny's Dead

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In “Lenny’s Dead,” actor and first-time playwright Alex Giacin revives a ghost of the Vietnam War. Through flashbacks, the existential drama describes the lives of two Army buddies, one of whom died in combat yet remains a recurring presence in the life of the other.

Hank (Giacin) is a genial young man who, in a fit of anger, enlists in the Army after a friend is killed. In Vietnam, Hank is befriended by Lenny (Daniel Willey), the rebellious scion of a military family, who is back for his third tour. Years after Lenny is killed in a firefight, Lenny’s spirit tries to help Hank cope with the complicated circumstances of his death.

Giacin’s earnest but clichéd tale offers no new insights into the emotional cost of war. The plodding script fails to create any original or interesting characters or scenarios on which to build the 80-minute drama. Further, John Long’s by-the-numbers direction adds little zip to the production (Note: Lenny will be portrayed by Rob Richnavsky at the remaining performances.)
 
Presented by Goshen Players as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Kraine Theater, 85 E. Fourth St., NYC. Aug. 15 -26. Remaining performances: Wed., Aug 25, 8:30 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 8:45 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.com.

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