Three cousins who were like brother and sisters as children find themselves questioning their identities and lives in Brooke Berman's quirky spiritual dramedy, Until We Find Each Other, playing at the Workshop Theatre's Mainstage. Gracefully directed by David Winitsky, the rapid-fire, episodic piece (which was originally produced in 2002 at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago) has a surprising pull, and its intellectual and emotional heft consistently engages.
The most intriguing aspect of the play is the psychic bond that the cousins -- Miriam (Mara Kassin), Justin (Chris Bannow), and Sophy (Abbi Hawk) -- share. They can "hear" one another and sense when the other is in danger or making bad decisions. As the play opens Miriam is driving cross-country to her childhood home in Ohio and Justin, who, along with eager-to-please shiksa girlfriend Tangee (a delightful Allyson Morgan), has taken up residence in the house Miriam grew up in, knows that she is on her way.
Both cousins have been sensing that Sophy, a one-time exotic dancer who has turned to Orthodox Judaism as an adult, needs their help. As the play unfolds, Berman reveals the cycle of abuse that has informed Sophy's choices as an adult as well as the guilt and emptiness that all three feel from the lack of any serious religious upbringing in their childhoods.
Under Winitsky's guidance, all three actors turn in strong performances, with Kassin proving to be a true standout as she imbues Miriam with a steely detachment that's matched by an almost insatiable joie de vivre. Hawk, whose work nearly matches Kassin, is particularly compelling during Sophy's softer moments, but when Sophy is acting the vamp, Hawk's turn becomes unconvincingly forced. Fine supporting work comes from Bryan Shany and Scott Raker as two men whose lives intersect with the cousins' worlds in surprising ways.