VenueWalter Reade Theater
In person: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson!
Two workers are assigned to paint white lines on a distant highway. One is Finnbogi, a thirty-something slacker who’s actually been doing this job every summer for a while; the other is Alfred, a younger man with sex constantly on his brain and who happens to be the younger brother of Finnbogi’s girlfriend. At first it seems the two just can’t hit it off: every attempt at conversation ends with a thud or a quizzical look. But gradually, cracks in their respective shells begin to appear. A terrifically endearing, very wry comedy, Either Way features two standout performances by Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson (who also co-wrote the script) as Finnbogi and by Hilmar Guðjónsson as Alfred. Debut director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, a Columbia graduate, carefully accumulates details and observations about his characters, weaving them into a rich comic tapestry.