(Michael Paulson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 5/7; via Pam Green.)

Steven Boyer has a broken finger. Alex Sharp has a hairline fracture in his elbow. Their bodies are bruised; their voices strained. And every day, they come back for more.

It is tempting to think of nonmusical plays as cerebral exercises, often set in a living room or around a dinner table, with emotional combat the main sport. But this year’s Broadway season finds Mr. Boyer and Mr. Sharp wowing critics, and winning Tony nominations, with physically brutalizing roles, and they have the injuries to prove it.


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