Director Ronald Auther leads this group through a gamut of emotions, haunted by their pasts, and the ghost (?) of their mutual father (Tim Perry). As Ron observes in his director’s note, this play “addresses the visible remains of chaotic lives run amok.”
Extra credit goes to Iris, who took over his emotional role with abbreviated rehearsal time. Tim Perry earns points for looking like he might actually be the father of Dale, and we welcome this new face, in his first stage appearance since high school. May’s date Martin (Steve Lee) is an unwitting bystander, sharing the audience’s bewilderment at the jealous, destructive Eddie and May. I found Dale’s Eddie the most convincing, expressing a wide range of moods and emotions.
This drama is a short but intense look into troubled minds. There is no intermission and the play lasts only about an hour.
Fool for Love continues through May 21. The Black Box was nearly full tonight, so reservations and arriving early (general seating) is advised.