Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Nothing is truly explained. We watch in linear time but the story is non-linear. Time is flexible. The mind plays tricks on these friends as dreams and memories abound as they gather to bury their friend Sean. Pies are made but not baked, Breakfast is discussed but not eaten, Children are heard, but unseen (Recorded voices of Casey and Wally are played offstage). The ethereal tale comes to a climax of confusion and wonder when Bama (Crystal Finn) shows up (one assumes her name is an homage to her accent) and proclaims her own tale about Adrian who couldn't possibly have been there if it were true. This goes along with a separate mystery of a friend of Adrian who may or may not be alive and a successful real estate guy in Nevada.
At one point, Nina and Adrian have an extended hushed and dream-like conversation in the darkness of the family's Pecan orchard, the stage lit only by a multitude of tiny stars in the Texas sky. (Kudos Tyler Micoleau - lighting, Rachel Hauck, Sets) and it is only then you begin to realize that Ms. Washburn's play isn't what it seemed all along. It's mind-bendingly better - in a heavenly and dizzying sort of way. Don't wait for the 3 pecans to drop to head over to Playwrights Horizons.