The American Family
Incorporating portable lights, umbrellas and shadow play, it showcases some striking performances (with three exceptional male actors) and largely avoids the sentimentality one might expect from the subject. Some moments, such as a gay student’s estranged relationship from his father and a girl’s comment that “You know you’re a grown-up when you testify at the trial of the man who raped you” are affecting; others are funny; and the finale is beautiful.
This fascinating short piece is clearly the basis for a longer play which can explore its themes in more depth than the scattering of stories displayed here allows. But the way it combines such a variety of subjects with such a dynamic visual flair makes it well worth catching and me, for one, keen to track its future life.
- Benet Catty