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The Father offers a tepid portrayal of the brutality of dementia

Remy Bumppo’s production asks little of its audience besides easy pity for an old man.

It’s hard to square the armload of prestigious international awards and nominations garnered by playwright Florian Zeller’s 2012 dementia drama with the show that’s currently on stage at Theater Wit. Zeller focuses on semi-doddering Andre, a member of the Parisian haute bourgeoisie whose mental acumen has begun to wane.…

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