THE NAP is an odd bird at the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The first extended and endless scene is taken up with exposition, explaining the game rules of Snooker, the family connections to come into play and the meaning of the title (The Nap of a snooker table – the patterns of the billiard felt – makes going direction of the table easy and opposing it creates variations and unpredictability). Got it?
Written by Richard Bean and directed by Daniel Sullivan, the play drags and zig-zags too often. The characters are vivid and eccentric but too often two dimensional. The plot is ultimately predictable, regardless of the red herrings thrown out liberally. There are many laugh lines though some seem forced, like the Mrs. Malapropisms of the popular Alexandra Billings. John Ellison Conlee is terrific as the clueless and confused dad (especially with movie plot comparisons which run thin pretty quickly) and Ben Schnetzer is the compelling and attractive lead. Not going to say I didn’t laugh, I did, but I regretted it just as often. A thin and light frothy broth that has little real grounding, even when actual Snooker play is incorporated.
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