The Loneliness of the Long Distance RunnerAtlantic Stage 2 (330 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011) Map it
The Atlantic Theatre has an excellent reputation of casting incredible actors for their plays and The Loneliness of Being a Runner is no exception. Shelton Best stands out in a worthy cast as an rebel (or individual, depending how you view the play) from society. His performance is brilliant and awe-inspiring as he works out, running, exercising or jumping about in probably the most physical taxing role in New York. Unfortunately though the play is muddled with questions of the reasons for the main character's rebellion and why taking a stand against the authority is the most worthy cause. Its unfortunate, cause the performances from the company are astounding, especially the aforementioned Best, and that may be enough to see the play. The potential was there though to be better and it's disappointing that the play didn't rise up to the level that the actors were willing to take it.