50 words: SCARCITY by Lucy Thurber at Cherry Lane Theatre

1992. The beginning. Rachel, the girl who will reemerge in variations throughout the Hill Town Plays, is about 11 and along with brother Billy lost in a violent, alcoholic home in Western Mass. An effective and frightening portrayal of what early imprints on kids can do. Raw, rocking soundtrack. Bleak.

Thru Sep 28 at Cherry Lane Theatre as part of The Hill Town Plays, the inaugural version of Theater Village, an annual festival produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

50 words: THE REVISIONIST by Jesse Eisenberg at Cherry Lane Theatre

Implausible, nonsensical non-drama. Kitchen sink realist trappings – but very little social context here is real. One hopes the repellent, rude geek portrayed by Eisenberg represents amazing acting – as opposed to autobiography. Despite the void of material to work with, Vanessa Redgrave is still magnificent in small Cherry Lane space.