Dan O'Brien is a poet and a playwright in search of Truth. Michael Michetti's tight direction guides (Dan) Tim Cummings and (Dan) Brian Henderson... (It's a mirror like search that takes a minute to understand) through the poetry of O'Brien's very personal quest with brilliant dexterity. Henderson embodies the playwright while Cummings limns relatives and others who reveal bits and pieces to the puzzle.
Tom Antiveros' projections, Elizabeth Harper's lighting design and a simple set by Sara Ryung Clement become a dozen or more locations where characters reside from east coast to west and back again. Simplicity is the key to the success of Dan's journey with a welcome minimal use of pantomime. O'Brien's memoir emerges smoothly and emotionally with good humor as Dan, seeks to find answers as to why his family rejects him; wondering who his father really is. His consulting psychics who reveal odd insights brings a metaphysical aspect to the story that makes me want to chat with O'Brien further!
Two metal 'Navy' chairs, single frame and moving projections with specific lighting bring the show together almost as supporting actors, guiding us through O'Brien's story.
Opening night adrenaline may have had the actors rushing slightly with some lines lost to quick delivery, but as the piece progressed, Cummings' choices are specific: never caricatures, especially, with the chore of presenting the several men and women who reveal the family's stories. Subtle body and hand movements combine with excellent vocal changes bringing each character to life. Henderson maintains the through line in a well honed dance as the actors completely compliment the text and one another.
THE HOUSE IN SCARSDALE:
A MEMOIR FOR THE STAGE
A world premiere play by Dan O'Brien
Directed by Michael Michetti.
Boston Court Performing Arts Center
80 N. Mentor
80 N. Mentor
May 6, 2017 through June 4, 2017