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Mike Nussbaum in Relativity

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 18 2017
Price: $30-$76, $15 students
To look at Mike Nussbaum—the full head of white hair, the eyes poised between melancholy and delight—you might think he was born to play Albert Einstein. And you'd be right. Nussbaum does a great job here, embodying the genius at age 70. If only he had a better occasion for it. Set in 1949 at Einstein's home near Princeton University, Mark St. Germain's new play takes an unlikely but intriguing premise, drains out every bit of interest, and leaves us with nothing but mawkish banalities. Never mind the first unlikelihood: that, in BJ Jones's 70-minute staging, Einstein tolerates obvious hostility from a reporter (Katherine Keberlein) he's only just met. The real trouble comes when St. Germain embarks on an earnest exploration of the alleged great man/good man paradox. What grown-up is shocked to learn that talented people aren't necessarily nice? —Tony Adler

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