Monday, October 01, 2007

The Children of Vonderly

Photo/Matt Zugale

The cheesy tag line I came up with for this is that I Can't Believe It's Not Butter should contact Ma-Yi about doing some cross-promotional copy: that's how smooth yet tasty Lloyd Suh's new play, The Children of Vonderly, is. What rough bumps there are with the few repetitious scenes are smoothed over with the knife-sharp sense of the fantastic cast (led by William Jackson Harper, whom I raved about in Neglect), and the whole production has an elegant finish thanks to director Ralph B. Pena, who tastefully inserts silent interludes that establish the good times alluded to in the midst of the play's chaos. You forget that everyone in this adopted family has a disability on account of how spry and enabling the play is: and that's a reward in of itself.

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