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Astute 'Barcelona' at the Geffen Playhouse leaves audiences guessing

Astute 'Barcelona' at the Geffen Playhouse leaves audiences guessing

"Barcelona," a wily two-character drama by Bess Wohl, never becomes the play you think it's going to become. The playwright stays one step ahead of theatergoers — not to trick them, but to hold out for deeper truth.

This Geffen Playhouse production, under the assured direction of Trip Cullman, stars Betty Gilpin (formerly of "Nurse Jackie") and Carlos Leal as a pair of strangers stumbling their way through a drunken pickup.

Coitus is the first order of business, and rarely has it been choreographed to such comically realistic effect. Only after climaxes have been reached and Irene stops laughing over her own uncharacteristically wild behavior, do we...

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