Now Circa Then.
(ARS NOVA; 99 SEATS; $25 TOP)
NEW YORK An Ars Nova presentation of a play in one act by Carly Mensch. Directed by Jason Eagan. Opened Sept. 27, 2010. Reviewed Sept. 25. Running time: 1 HOUR, 40 MIN.
With: Stephen Plunkett, Maureen Sebastian.
It's bittersweet to see Carly Mensch debut her finest play so far just as she heads to Los Angeles to write for "Weeds." "Now Circa Then," Mensch's sweet-spirited two-hander, stars Stephen Plunkett and Maureen Sebastian as historical re-enactors at a venue a lot like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, realized by designer Lauren Helpern in a great-looking period set that allows the actors plenty of space to play in (it also barely fits into tiny venue Ars Nova, to the dismay of aud members seated to the set's extreme left). Ars Nova a.d. Jason Eagan has directed the proceedings so smoothly that it's easy to forget about some of the play's missed opportunities.