Next Act’s ‘Four Places’ Reveals Complexity of Family
On the surface, it’s a
simple, minimal production of a drama about an adult son and daughter talking
with their mother. But the apparent simplicity hides a complex psychological
drama mixed with a healthy dose of dark humor. Director David Cecsarini works
with a really talented ensemble to render a nuanced, sophisticated portrayal of
siblings dealing with a shared past that haunts them well into adulthood.
Coker’s sweetness as the
mother hides something altogether more sinister. Kerr brings vulnerability to
her role, as the daughter’s concern for her mother touches on a bewildering
family dynamic. Ulrich portrays the son with a calm exterior covering something
more vicious underneath. The waitress is a brilliant addition to the cast on
the part of playwright Joel Drake Johnson. Gray plays the role with a charming,
accommodating personality, allowing the deeper level of her involvement to sink
in around the edges.
Next Act’s production of Four Places runs through Oct. 10 at the Tenth Street Theatre.