Family infected w/ennui. Overeating, sleep drinking, too much Top Gun. Sullen teen w/anger issues. Can anyone be saved?
Tigers Be Still playwright Kim Rosenstock gets it. Gets what it’s like to be young and mired in despair. Gets the ugly underbelly of the network effect. Gets that without the benefit of age and wisdom, life can appear bleak.
Thanks to SF Playhouse for introducing yet another "must hear" voice to the West Coast. I loved these characters, especially the three young people in varying states of dysfunction.
From the tip of her fuzzy slippers to the top of her claw-clipped head, Grace (Rebecca Schweitzer) personifies heartbreak. Her sister Sherry (Melissa Quine) attempts to keep her chin above the fray and deal with her own bout of post-master’s degree joblessness. Schweitzer and Quine are perfectly paired--so glad to see them together after enjoying their work in separate, recent plays @ the Aurora Theatre Company. Jeremy Kahn (Zack) is another standout with pain so palpable and sweetness so evident, you’ll want to hug his heart.
Despite everyone’s distress, this was also the funniest play I’ve seen all year. There are some zingers that along with Amy Glazer’s expert direction, keep it from feeling like a whine-fest.
A great “date” play and excellent choice for Girls Night Out. There’s lots to discuss as well as reminders that sometimes, a kind word from a pal is enough to turn it all around.
See it with your friends and toast yourselves for being old enough to know that when things go south, (to co-opt a line from the play) your couch won’t always “smell like tears”.
photos extracted from the video & courtesy of SF Playhouse