I wish I had something substantive to say about Rajiv Joseph’sÂ Gruesome Playground Injuries
at Second Stage
but it’s difficult toÂ muster a response when the most interesting facet of an afternoon atÂ the theater is the set. Even more boring, the only action that trulyÂ held my attention during the two-handed tale of lost souls whoÂ connect every five years or so when one mishap or anotherÂ variously lands them in the hospital was interstitial. That’sÂ right, the scene changes. Despite the efforts of Pablo Schreiber andÂ Dexter
‘s Jennifer Carpenter, there is very little drama in the seven orÂ so scenes that make up this play. Mostly there’s just whining of theÂ come-to-me-no-go-away variety repeated ad nauseum
. Just 80 minutes inÂ length it was nevertheless interminable. An earlier play of Joseph’s,Â Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
, was a Pulitzer finalist last year.Â Later this season it will arrive on Broadway with Robin Williams in a central role. I’mÂ hoping that unlike Gruesome Playground Injuries
it’s more than just aÂ clever title with little else to say.