Working at life

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2014

The last character is Leroy (James Lucey), Alex’s protective brother. He provides a passionate intensity and a show of independence, coming to work wearing T-shirts emblazoned with various obscenities, shocking customers. Pauline puts up with that because, as an art student, “I’m the only one in the store who knows anything about art supplies, so I can pretty much do whatever I want.” His T-shirts are one example of his confrontational works. Art is his religion, and he takes his kid brother to museums, hoping to convert him from his nihilistic convictions.

Playwright Hunter does a good job letting each of these people assert or explore their distinctive value systems, showing more than telling us where they’re at. Will agrees that, as Alex says, “Hell is all around us.” Leroy worships creativity and beauty, Anna searches for happiness, and Pauline for pride in accomplishment. A full spectrum, from dark to bright.

The theater’s publicity notes that Hunter’s first job was at a Walmart in Moscow, Idaho, where he said he found the break room to be “almost a sanctuary.” If only all these characters, when we leave them in this play, could feel so safe.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MURDEROUS FUN  |  October 01, 2014
    We theater lovers must really be sick puppies.
  •   REASONS TO BELIEVE (OR NOT)  |  September 24, 2014
    To non-believers, the evangelical movement can look like a loud, friendly party whose invitation we’ve politely declined, but whose windows sooner or later we can’t help peeking into.
  •   MYTHS AND DREAMS  |  September 24, 2014
    This play stringings together bedtime stories and fevered hallucinations.
  •   GENDER BENDERS  |  September 17, 2014
    Gender confusion has probably been around for as long as gender conflicts.
  •   SIMONE'S  |  September 17, 2014
    In the Rhode Island tradition of giving directions like “it’s where the coffee milk factory used to be,” Simone’s is located where Not Your Average Bar & Grille and the ice cream shop Supreme Dairy used to be.

 See all articles by: BILL RODRIGUEZ