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June 20, 2011

Death steals quietly into a Greenwich Village apartment, like morning sunlight gradually suffusing a darkened room, in “4000 Miles,” a funny, moving new play by Amy Herzog that opened on Monday night at the Duke on 42nd Street. Beneath the plain-wrap surface of this drama about a grandmother and grandson sharing a few weeks of casual cohabitation lies a quiet meditation on mortality. But it’s hardly a downer: Ms. Herzog’s altogether wonderful drama also illuminates how companionship can make life meaningful, moment by moment, in death’s discomforting shadow.

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June 20, 2011

There’s little to fault in helmer Aukin’s whipsmart handling of Herzog’s generational play about a 21-year-old college student who takes refuge in his 91-year-old grandmother’s New York apartment after his best friend is killed on their cross-country bike ride. If anything, the classy production shrewdly disguises the fact that this is a dull play, constructed of disjointed scenes that say nothing and lead nowhere.

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Erik
Haagensen

June 20, 2011

Amy Herzog’s new play "4000 Miles" is a bit of a companion piece to "After the Revolution," her captivating political family drama produced at Playwrights Horizons last season, as both plays contain the character of Vera Joseph, a no-nonsense 91-year-old grandmother who’s also a member of the Communist Party. Vera is as interesting here as she was in the earlier play, but the story surrounding her is considerably slighter. Herzog’s talent still shines, but "4000 Miles" is more successful as character study than as a fully realized dramatic work.

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Brian Scott
Lipton

June 21, 2011

In her heartfelt if not always involving new work, 4000 Miles, now being presented by LCT3 at the Duke on 42nd Street, playwright Amy Herzog once again amply demonstrates her gift for creating the sort of acutely detailed conversations and finely crafted characters that immediately ring true for audiences.

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Joe
Dziemianowicz

June 21, 2011

Points on a map provide "4,000 Miles" with a title, but this thoughtful small-scale play by Amy Herzog is really chasing after things that are unchartable.

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