BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
Playwright Theresa Rebeck invites us to spend a lousy weekend in a country house with two middle-aged couples as they argue, swill bad wine, eat disgusting muffins and argue some more.
The author of “Seminar” and “The Understudy,” among a dozen other plays, Rebeck calls her latest dark comedy “Poor Behavior,” but I call it a rather dreary time.
Currently at the Duke on 42nd Street, “Poor Behavior” presents a familiar modern-day story about two couples, longstanding friends, who get too close for comfort one weekend.
The play opens late and drunk one evening as Ella (Katie Kreisler), the hostess, furiously debates with Ian (Brian Avers), her blustering Irish guest, about the worth of goodness and personal morality. Peter (Jeff Biehl), the mild-mannered host, and Maureen (Heidi Armbruster), Ian’s tightly-wound wife, glassily observe them.