Jeff Smith 11:23 a.m., May 17
Scott Hudson's brief two-hander plays like the other side of Talley's Folly's coin. Instead of planning the marriage before the wedding, innocents Bo and Ruthie lay the groundwork after, in the "Honeymoon Hotel," a tree house he built for the occasion, with a storm brewing. A hope-filled preacher, Bo made all the decisions, including various surprises, but neglected to include Ruthie, who lost the use of her legs in an accident and dreamed of a less primitive, post-nuptial eve on the Florida coast. For New Village Arts, first-time director Daren Scott does capable work with a thin script and, since Ruthie is immobile, restricted stage picture. Though both actors could use more vocal variety and emphasis, Adam Brick and Kelly Iversen strike the right emotional notes as the young couple. Tim Wallace's set, a tree-deck, is functional, but his sound design (rain and trains and a storm contrary to the play's title) is quite good.
Worth a try.
- Weblog: "Maiden Voyage" (May 10, 2011)