Black sheep. Every family and friend group has them. Like it or not, they provide an imaginary bottom that we’re sure we will never reach. Oh, no...not us... Enter the new neighbors in Lisa D'Amour's Pulitzer Prize winning Detroit. Young and fresh out of rehab, the newbies are keen to connect with their bickering, old school neighbors next door.
At times hilarious, this beautifully written play unfolds over a series of backyard barbecues. The story’s subtext laments the end of an idyllically-remembered era in which there was a chicken in every pot and borrowing sugar cups was de rigeur.
Amy Resnick and Luisa Frasconi are magnificent as two women dealing with both substance abuse and the economic downturn in radically different ways. The men (Patrick Kelly Jones and Jeff Garrett) also turn in solid performances, with the entire cast dancing it out in an unforgettable EDM house party hootenanny. (Kudos to director Josh Costello for bravery and to the cast for busting out some sweet moves!)
This is the perfect play to see with friends and family—the more dysfunctional, the more you’ll have to discuss. Either way, you’re guaranteed to alternate between hoping the new neighbors buy into their new age-y Kool Aid recovery-speak...and wanting to give them a solid kick in the rear.
Now through July 19, tix here.
Photo credit: David Allen
Kenny, Mary, Sharon, and Ben (l-r, Patrick Kelly Jones, Amy Resnick, Luisa Frasconi, Jeff Garrett) have a wild backyard barbeque in Aurora’s Bay Area Premiere ofDetroit