(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 3/3; video from the Yale Rep production.)

Tragedy slips into the room quickly and quietly in “Belleville,” the extraordinarily fine new play by Amy Herzog that opened on Sunday night at New York Theater Workshop. A portrait of a marriage sliding ineluctably into crisis, Ms. Herzog’s delicately constructed drama simmers along coolly until, almost unnoticeably, the small secrets and larger lies that have become woven into the fabric of a young couple’s life begin to tear them apart.

The play, which had its premiere at the Yale Repertory Theater, arrives in New York with the creative team behind it intact: the director, Anne Kauffman, whose subtly paced, incisive work gently stokes the play’s atmosphere of unease; and the two superb actors in the central roles, Maria Dizzia and Greg Keller, whose performances have become more finely honed, emotionally revealing and, ultimately, devastating.


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