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The Marriage of Bette and Boo

By July 9, 2014November 25th, 2015Reviews

Roundabout Theatre, NYC


The Village Voice

Socarides and Welch give full power to the play’s dark undercurrents.


Charles Socarides steps affably into that role here, but even without the playwright on hand, the personal nature and heartfelt experience of his observations about love and family ripple like waves through the comedy’s bizarro world, breathing real-life emotional heft into both its sting and its sadness.

The L magazine

Charles Socarides is visibly damaged but wryly funny as Durang stand-in.


Socarides, in the work’s sole realistic role, is so engaging that you immediately root for him.

New York Times

Mr. Socarides plays Mr. Durang’s alter ego, Matt, with a sense of quizzical sorrow that can be affecting.

Durang’s exquisite final scene is—in the hands of Socarides, Grant, and Welch—as good as theatre gets. I cannot properly describe these last few moments—so unafflicted by hope or despair—because they affect me so profoundly still.


As Matt, Charles Socarides skillfully combines a child’s need for order with adult intelligence.