(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/22.)
Laurie Metcalf, a Steppenwolf veteran, and Ian Barford, seen in the company’s smash “August: Osage County,” play solid, married members of the middle class whose upward mobility has recently been temporarily delayed. (Or so they nervously hope.) Mary still works as a paralegal in the city, but Ben has been laid off from his job as a loan officer. Although he jokingly calls himself a deadbeat, he’s trying to stay upbeat, cruising until the severance runs out as he works on a plan to start a Web-based financial-planning business.
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