Daniel Powell 11:59 a.m., Feb. 20
Billy was born deaf. His family are "hearing" and refused to have him learn sign language. And though each is involved in communication, they stifle it at home. Almost by accident, Billy strays outside. He falls in love, learns to sign, and to see his family in a brand new way. Nina Raines' drama's a bit uneven. To stress her points, she creates an imbalance between likeable and un-likeable (even irksome) characters. But while the play oversells the cacophony, the David Cromer-directed production also fascinates. It's a multi-faceted display of communication theory: almost every possible form (even of mis-communications): words, sign and body language. The entire cast has performed their roles before and play them with conviction (even when caustic). Russell Harvard (Billy) and Meghan O'Neill (Sylvia) are eloquent.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, July 21, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm & 7pm
- Tuesdays, 7:30pm
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 8pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 2pm & 8pm
- Review: "Tribes at La Jolla Playhouse" (July 2, 2013)