The Rep’s ‘Yankee Tavern’ Questions the Truth
While the arguments are compelling, Ray’s diatribes dominate the first half of the production, eclipsing the opportunity for Vaughn and guest actor Marti Gobel to create a subtle, genuine relationship between their respective characters, Adam and Janet, who are engaged. Making the most of a small ration of dialogue, Rep acting company member Torrey Hanson portrays a mysterious patron named Palmer with calm severity, an artistic choice that accentuates the weight of the information he shares with the other characters, information that reconstructs conspiracy as reality. While Yankee Tavern can be a challenge to follow, the play isn't really about what did or didn't happen; it's about the torment of uncertainty, a truth of life that all of us can relate to.
The Milwaukee Rep’s Yankee Tavern continues through Jan. 31 at the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater.