The Unexpected Man (revival) Reviews

Huffingtonpost.com, October 5, 2010:  “exquisite grace”

Stephen Drewes directs Ken Ruta and Susan Maeder with exquisite grace as they portray two seniors sharing a train compartment to Frankfurt who struggle to overcome their shyness. Ruta plays a bitter, old and dyspeptic novelist obsessed with ExLax and his disappointing son-in-law while Maeder is a fan of his writing in Yasmina Reza’s beautifully written duet for two veteran actors.

—George Heymont

San Francisco Bay Times, January 29, 2009:  “the premise is simple, the execution delightful”

Spare Stage’s award-winning production of Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man is back for a limited run at EXIT Theatre. The premise is simple, the execution delightful: A man and a woman are the only occupants of a compartment of a passenger train going from Paris to Frankfurt. He is a well-known author engrossed with a troublesome family situation; she is an ardent fan who immediately recognizes him. They do not engage in conversation, but their inner thoughts, reflecting on life, love and each other, are shared with the audience. Veteran actors Ken Ruta and Susan Maeder deftly handle this well-crafted small-scale piece by the author of Art and God of Carnage. 90 minutes without intermission.

—Susan Cohn