(Alexis Soloski’s article appeared in the Village Voice, 9/8.)
Richard Maxwell has nearly perfect vision. He may need contact lenses to pass a DMV test or glasses to peruse a script, but his artistic optics are 20/20 or better. Even in his less successful endeavors—such as his famously unpopular Henry IV at BAM in 2003—you can't fault the clarity of his gaze. Maxwell lends that lucidity to Christina Masciotti's Vision Disturbance, a play about a middle-aged woman whose divorce occasions a bout of retinal distress. In other words: She can't see straight.
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