(Ben Brantley's article appeared in The New York Times, 2/19.)

A scary, splendid clarity radiates from the terminally confused kinfolk who are running wild at the Acorn Theater. That’s where the New Group revival of “A Lie of the Mind,” Sam Shepard’s gorgeous play from 1985 about families in meltdown, opened Thursday night in a production that connoisseurs of precision acting will be savoring for years to come.

Though only one of the addled characters in this drama has been officially diagnosed with brain damage, all appear to be suffering from gravely advanced disorientation. “Who am I?” each seems to be ceaselessly asking. “Where am I?” And “Am I really related to these strange creatures around me?”

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