Here's proof that "Hard Right," a vicious political drama from David Barth, scrapes some kind of nerve: At the performance reviewed, patrons started yelling at each other across the aisles during the play. "How can you laugh at this? It's not funny!" said one man, reacting to the crowd's titters as a mysterious government agent terrorized a suburban family. But the laughs kept coming, especially when the agent offered absurd rationales for his behavior. "How can you laugh?" the man repeated, until someone retorted, "Don't tell me what to think!"
Blankenship compares the production to certain Pinter plays "in which terror springs from chatty rogues with unclear motives," he writes. "But though it traffics mainly in dread, the production's tone is expertly controlled."
"Hard Right" continues through the month at the Player's Theater.