'Hostage' unable to captivate audiences

Thursday, July 19, 2001 at 1:00am

Good theater is a fickle beast. It takes a while to develop characters and make them real. Probably the most important part for that aspect of theater is the writer. As with any other form of art, the writer can have good days and bad days. John Chaffin had an off day when he was creating Hostage. This current offering at Backstage at the Barn plays through Sept. 1.

The show has a decent enough plot. Alex Hargrove (adequately portrayed by Jonathan Stevens) is a ruthless business tycoon. He and his wife Veronica (played by Lydia Bushfield-Yates) can't stand each other but remain married as each won

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