(Robert Hurwitt’s review appeared on SFGATE, 7/15/09.)

The tension ebbs and flows with pregnant comedy as we wait for the woman on the train to open a book. Expectancy reaches almost excruciating levels in the richly elongated moments before her male fellow passenger realizes what she's reading.

Ken Ruta and Abigail Van Alyn play Yasmina Reza's "The Unexpected Man" with virtuosic brio in the Spare Stage production that opened Friday at Exit Theatre . . .


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