Sharon thinks that’s a good idea, and they giggle like schoolgirls over their plan to go camping together. The event doesn’t pan out when they think about car trouble leaving them stranded in the woods with all its bears. For balance, D’Amour has written Ben and Kenny a wonderful, jocular, and lengthy male-bonding scene. I found it great fun, though it came across as a woman’s idea of the typical guys’ attitude when they’re not around. Thinking that their wives are away camping, Ben gets the notion to go to a strip club. He eventually talks a reluctant Kenny (he’s broke, remember?) into hopping up and down in excitement with him. Then the girls show up, and real life resumes.
Things don’t remain all sunshine and lollipops, even though their slightly younger neighbors have loosened up Ben and Mary and their role model stable neighbors have reinforced Sharon and Kenny’s desire to become upright citizens. But. Someone falls off the wagon. Someone realizes that he or she doesn’t really find financial security a worthwhile life goal. A fiery disaster occurs. A structural weakness of the play is evident by need for a coda. Uncle Frank (Richard Noble) shows up at the house that his nephew and young wife have been occupying, tying up loose ends, motivations, and an Americana theme. Detroit certainly is worth seeing, but it could have been even better.