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Arts & Entertainment
Getting Home at the McGinn-Cazale Theatre
by Mark Thompson & Robert Doyle
June 5, 2006 
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An upturned flashlight in hand, her large eyes blinking furiously, she peers into the stage darkness like a newborn koala – and with that entrance, Marcy Harriell proceeds to channel the comedic charms of both the ditsy Judy Holliday and the daffy Carole Lombard. Playing Jan, the lonelyhearts zooworker with an inner vixen, Harriell imbues her character with the kind of zany intelligence once associated with the roles of Gildna Radner, even as there’s also a dollop of the ingenuous confusion displayed by Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire. All of these remarkable comedic talents come together in Harriell’s stellar performance which provides the climax to the three-part, eight-character, three-actor play Getting Home now playing at the 2econd Stage Uptown.

At a time when the headlines are so often about death and destruction, Anton Dudley’s Getting Home, a ninety-minute rumination about love and relationships in present-day New York provides an anodyne for the soul, reminding us that connection is life’s goal. With the two male leads, Brian Henderson and Manu Narayan. each playing three characters, there’s an element of Arthur Schnitzler’s Reigen as the daisy chain works its way from flower to flower – until ultimately the eight urban denizens are entwined. And while nearly all of the characters are given ample opportunity to come forward and break through the fourth wall, it’s Jan, as inhabited by Harriell, who in speaking about the spell woven by the magic of love and the hope that lies therein, lingers longest after the lights have come up.