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Enda the Road: Studio's The New Electric Ballroom and Capital Fringe's Unquiet Mind, review'd

Chris Klimek

[caption id="attachment_6980" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Jennifer Mendenhall, Nancy Robinette and Sybil Lines in "The New Electric Ballroom""][/caption]The final entry in Studio Theatre's Enda Walsh festival, The New Electric Ballroom, is the least rewarding, squandering some lovely performances -- and, as always, Walsh's muddy lyricism -- in the service of an opaque story that asks you to accept that a mild romantic disappointment in adolescence would drive not one but two women smeared-lipstick crazy for 40 years. The show is often called a companion piece to the concurrently-running The Walworth Farce, which it preceded by a year, but to me it feels more like an early draft. My Washington City Paper review is here, along with a complimentary assessment of the Capital Fringe-affiliated Run Through the Unquiet Mind.