Lady of the Sea

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  May 13, 2009

Nonetheless, Trinity rises to the play's lyrical, otherworldly occasion. Schellhardt began her feminist spin on Celtic and other legends six years ago, while a grad student at Brown, so the play's professional premiere, helmed by Laura Kepley, is a return to the roost for this young recipient of a TCG National Playwriting Residency with the Providence troupe. And the company brings urgency, sweetness, and a sense of the surreal to the script. On Loy Arcenas's craggy set, a pebbly cove nestles before a crude sort of house with two unanchored beams floating above the kitchen. Vets Brian McEleney and Anne Scurria exude an almost giddy earthiness as Fierson and his wife, Maud, and Stephen Thorne imbues the passive Tom with a gentle knowingness. Fred Sullivan Jr. and Joe Wilson Jr. convey the yearning beneath the toughness of seafaring, gun-toting Mike and Douglas. And though pigtailed Miriam Silverman is no child, her troubled Midge eschews cuteness for genuine wonder.

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