By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
As Brooke, Lydia Mackay is under-served by Alder's direction and by Bruce Coleman's costume design. What sophisticated female New York writer flies cross-country in December in a cheap gray sweater, silky tank top and ripped-knee jeans? Mackay, a beautiful woman head to toe, is forced to wear this ghastly ensemble in every scene.
The weakest performance is by Coit, too spindly and wispily blonde to make Polly a fearsome tiger mother. For her character's big second-act speech, she's planted in a corner of the in-the-square arena, meaning a fourth of the audience sees only the tightly clipped bun on the back of her tiny head.
Other Desert Cities
Continues through December 15 at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., in The Quadrangle. Call 214-871-3300.
They down a lot of drinks in Other Desert Cities, a play that leaves us thirsting for better dramas.