Craftsman

lightning rod theater · Ages 18+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MORNA MURPHY MARTELL

June 23, 2016 not born yesterday

What I liked

A gay couple are looking for a house to buy but the original occupants are still there in spirit, caught in a time warp because of unresolved sexual issues. In this charming play, the graciousness of life in 1910 Los Angeles is contrasted with the anything-goes world we now live in. Often we yearn for the apparently serene past, but clever author Tony Foster shows that under the veneer of politeness there was cruelty and hypocrisy. Differences were repressed and the love between those of the same gender was stifled and corrupted. Today’s conflicts are different but still there is the question of can love ever be silenced. Beautiful performances, antique and modern, by the entire cast.

What I didn't like

It worked for me.

My overall impression

Having owned a Craftsman House in the past I had no problem believing this one is haunted.

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