|Raviv Ullman, Bill Pullman, Holly Hunter, |
Ben Schnetzer, and Morocco Omari
Photo: Monique Carboni
The excellent New Group production, well-directed by Scott Elliott, makes full use of the frequently painful three hours, doing justice to the play's pathos and humor, its heart and its ugliness. Bill Pullman is, as always, astonishing. He makes Ozzie a fully human cartoon, if such a thing can exist, and somehow lets us see the range of emotions roiling unexplored beneath Ozzie's jovial surface. Holly Hunter is less successful with Harriet, relying too much on a shrill hysteria, but she has extremely effective moments. Ben Schnetzer gives a powerful performance as the terribly wounded David, and Richard Chamberlain is successfully unctuous as the priest who tries to "help" him. Nadia Gan, Morocco Omari, and Raviv Ullman are also very good.
The set, designed by Derek McLane, is perfect. The lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, costumes by Susan Hilferty, and sound design and original music by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen all make strong contributions. The projection design by Olivia Sebesky is beautiful and disturbing.*
I saw the original production of Sticks and Bones. I was young, and I simply wasn't ready for it. Even now, decades later, it retains its power to lacerate.
(7th row, on the aisle, press tickets)
*Note: projection design was incorrectly credited to Valeria A. Peterson, who is the show's Production Stage Manager.