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Published in: May-June 2008 issue.


All That I Will Ever Be
Written by Alan Ball
Directed by Serge Seiden
Studio Theater, Washington, DC


THERE’S A SCENE in Alan Ball’s All That I Will Ever Be, as staged by director Serge Seiden last March at Washington’s Studio Theatre, that’s rather startling. When the lights come up, we see a hustler pounding his client’s ass so hard that the chair on which the young man lies spread-eagled keeps sliding across the stage in fits and starts till it stops, with his orgasm, just at the edge of the platform. (That’s called hitting your marks.)

All That I Will Ever Be is the sort of dark play one might expect from the Oscar-winning Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under).

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