A close encounter

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  May 13, 2013

Jerry says that he wants to tell about his experience at the zoo. But by the end we can guess what he concluded there, because he gives us a long, dramatic account of trying to build a relationship with the snarling dog of his landlady. "I learned that neither kindness or cruelty attain anything beyond themselves," he says, adding that life requires a combination.

We learn far more about Jerry than we do about Peter, who remains more a reactor than an actor, in the non-thespian sense. This is understandable, that the comfortably upper-middle-class person would be more withholding — though, ironically, he has less to withhold. By the surprising, but in retrospect inevitable, conclusion, we understand them both all too well . . . sadly.

Both Chace and Morra so fully inhabit these characters that, as theater productions always hope, we feel we are eavesdropping in real life. Congratulations, Mixed Magic, on quite a memorable accomplishment.

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