Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
The Little Flower of East Orange
Ion Theatre should hang a sign outside — Caution: this play un-contains rage. At times it feels like Stephen Adly Guirgis goes out of his way to offend even hardened sensibilities, as Danny recounts a tormented relationship with his mother. But even though the script often feels beyond the author's control (and may be more pulverizing than profound), the production gives it a stark intensity — you might even say with vomited emotions — that it takes audiences places where local theaters fear to tread. Jeffrey Jones excels as Danny, for whom telling the story reopens a chamber of horrors. The ensemble cast ranks among Ion's finest, and Karin Filijan's lighting matches the plays cue-thick jumps and, amid clouds and shadows, suggests a smidge of grace.
- Out & About: Theater Review (Nov. 18, 2012)