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.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Theater , Matt Fraza, Epic, Epic Theatre Company,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   A ROYAL ROMP  |  August 27, 2014
    It was inevitable that the country that brought us staid Queen Victoria and stiff upper lips was bound to eventually loosen up and bring us Monty Python.
  •   CRITICAL MASS  |  August 20, 2014
    A discussion by three friends about the merits of a white-on-white painting results in a one-act brouhaha that transcends rarefied aesthetics and quickly descends to the human scale.
  •   WILLY'S  |  August 20, 2014
    Sometimes in this world of culinary over-achievement, of luaus and foie gras and molecular gastronomy, sometimes we simply want to chomp into a nice, juicy hamburger or hot dog.
  •   TWOTENOYSTER BAR & GRILL  |  July 23, 2014
    One of the appealing features of living in a place called the Ocean State is that there are plenty of water-view restaurants.
  •   BEE'S THAI CUISINE  |  July 16, 2014
    On the radar of Providence foodies, the ding of Bee’s Thai Cuisine has grown increasingly louder and brighter.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ