I LOVED this play. The script and actors are utterly charming.
John Kolvenbach’s words walk a tightrope between sweetness and cynicism. Particularly cutting and hilarious are the words of Margaret, delivered with a jaded deftness by the riveting Jessica Abrams.
Rich Grosso as Leo will break your heart. Leo was a man I couldn’t help but love in spite of his deeply flawed paternal struggle.
As our young couple in love, Damon McKinnis and Sami Henry are adorable, quirky, and fiercely intelligent with a resilient strength rarely seen (or portrayed onstage) in anyone so young.
Much can be said of Dean Farell Bruggeman’s impeccable direction. Where so many directors choose to clutter the stage with eternal and unneccessary crosses, pacing & get up, sit down, busy work for actors to “keep things moving”, Bruggeman’s tidy direction correctly chose stillness and always honored the long-asked question – “what would this character DO?” Sometimes, the answer is: just sit there. This gave me a sense that not only does Bruggeman trust his actors, he trusts his audience, and so, willingly we go, and sit and cozy up to the warm bubble of Goldfish.
See this play.
What I didn't like
I would only like to see a bigger stage and a heftier budget. This show deserves a bit more to help iron out a few distracting technical bugs.
My overall impression
A slice of life, quite ordinary, made extraordinary by the beautiful script, taut direction and exquisite performances.