January 23, 2017

x — I spent a significant portion of Tell Hector I Miss Him, a new play by Paola Lázaro that opened on Monday at the Atlantic Theater Company’s second stage, waiting for the title character to arrive. Spoiler alert: Like a certain figure in a seminal modern drama by Samuel Beckett, he never does. This would not be a notable problem had Ms. Lázaro’s play compelled rapt attention. But while it is populated by some sharply drawn characters dangling eccentricities and pathologies (addiction foremost among them), and features some passages of biting humor, this darkish comedy-drama lacks focus and narrative drive. I waited in vain, not just for Hector’s hopefully galvanizing arrival, but for the dozen characters’ lives to connect in meaningful ways.