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‘Brushstroke’ review: Art, espionage and Cold War history converge

‘Brushstroke’ review: Art, espionage and Cold War history converge

[ad_1] History, as we’re learning hourly from the example of Donald Trump, can really stretch credulity. If you had pitched his unlikely political story to a Hollywood studio a decade ago, you’d probably have been laughed out of the meeting. Fiction is expected to stay within the bounds of plausibility. But life has its own ideas about realism. Consider the plot of “Brushstroke,” a new play by actor-writer John Ross Bowie, who was a memorable sad-sack in Aaron Posner’s Chekhov-inspired comedy “Life Sucks” last fall. The play, which is having its world premiere (running through March 3) in a production directed by Casey Stangl, is billed as a “comedic thriller.” Genre confusion aside, “Brushstroke” tells a rather intricate Cold War espionage tale involving New York’s East Village art scene during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism. This puzzle box of a play conceals conspiracies inside a master conspiracy. Audiences may have trouble gaining traction, but the plot is full of surprises. Perhaps most startling of all is the discovery that this crazy story, shot through with …