A Life Less Ordinary

If we didn’t know better, we’d think that Carter W. Lewis’ play Ordinary Nation was one of those hip, indie films that been commanding all the theatrical attention lately — you know, like Juno, or Little Miss Sunshine, or Smart People. The story revolves around Nation Jones, a liberal academic who is racked by one failure after another — his marriage, his novel, and his career are all tanking. Everyone seems to want to tell Nation, an everyman for every man, what to do; including his father, a gruff-but-lovable geriatric who doles out wisdom with the flick of his middle finger, and his daughter, a snarky teenager with an unexplainable worldliness who has it together in a way he never could. So he does what any guy down on his luck would do: He listens to his neo-con wife, who wants him to gamble all he has left on a dubious stock market investment. The well-received comedy is currently running through June 15 at Florida Stage (at Plaza del Mar, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan), but our guess is you can also look for it to hit movie theaters next fall, possibly starring Ellen Page and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tickets start at $42. Call 561-585-3433, or visit www.floridastage.org.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: June 6. Continues through June 15, 2008
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John Linn