A compelling philosophical duel in "Freud's Last Session"

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A compelling philosophical duel in "Freud's Last Session"

Dec 20 2010
Bill Hirschman | South Florida Theater Review

If you were the kind of college student who sat up till the wee hours with your roommate arguing philosophical questions, you'll revel in Palm Beach Dramaworks' intellectual fencing match, Freud's Last Session. ...This is a battle of equals. Dennis Creaghan's Freud is an irascible force whose physical problems have not dimmed the razor edge of his crystalline intellect or his wicked nose-tweaking humor... Christopher Oden's Lewis is no didactic ideologue but a gentle searcher for the elusive specifics of a general truth... ...The pair cross-examine each other like intellectual duelists... ...In a non-stop discussions that investigate God, sex, suicide and parental baggage, the two fine actors nimbly parry and thrust under the steady hand of Dramaworks' producing artistic director, William Hayes. A plus in the Dramaworks' production is that no set designer in South Florida creates period environments with the skill and attention to detail like Mike Amico. Freud's study with its well-worn books, scores of collected antiquities and slightly mismatched furniture transported from Berlin exudes a sense of age encrusted with dust.