(Ben Brantley’s article appeared in The New York Times, 6/2; via Pam Green.)

As both actor and playwright, Jesse Eisenberg loves rolling in the sties of self-contempt, places where privileged human pigs sniffle and suffer and smear themselves with muck. Even if these are areas you usually choose to avoid, it must be said that Mr. Eisenberg gives good wallow.

This is confirmed by his latest offering, “The Spoils,” which opened Tuesday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center in an engrossingly acted, impeccably staged production from the New Group. Directed by Scott Elliott, “The Spoils” stars Mr. Eisenberg, who has once again written for himself the part of a colossal, charismatic jerk.


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