Hanrahan's Ouisa is allowed to get too screechy for plausibility at times, but her occasional thoughtful responses lend this production a spot-on poignancy that enhances Guare's sharp writing. Crossley gives Flan (no, he's not named after his mother's favorite dessert, it's short for Flanders) a nice balance of growth and understanding.
But Ouisa and Paul are the real couple here, and Lewis makes Paul so convincing that you want to call the police on him. He projects an alert intelligence that they don't recognize as cunning, and the vulnerability of a stray puppy. Even their South African visitor, Geoffrey (Sandra Barrett), whose world-wise perspective is indicated by her being a billionaire, doesn't get suspicious. Before the play is over, Paul's menacing potential emerges when he betrays a naive new young friend, with grim consequences. Yet when Paul's fantasy world starts tumbling down around him, Ouisa's heart goes out to him as he begs for her help, so she's willing to do so. In the way it's presented, that's evidence of his fundamental innocence and her mutually beneficial generosity. With them, Guare has created an insightful relationship as well as a memorable play.
, Matt Fraza, Epic, Epic Theatre Company, More