Beckim's play is about a trio of roommates (portrayed here by Jake Lemmenes, Ashley Marie Ortiz, and Tom Wolfson) who are about to be uprooted by a new subway line under construction. The script has a random, meandering quality that can only work with strong ensemble performances, which are missing here.
For one thing, there are a number of soapbox speeches -- including a curtain-raising rant about New York's Puerto Rican Day Parade -- that comes as across as simply problematic, rather than complex, challenging, and, most important, reflective of deeper issues going on in the characters' psyches. And the relationships demand a strong chemistry between the actors, which is also largely absent, particularly between Lemmenes' character and Nicholas Wilder, who plays his abusive lover.
Furthermore, the fragile script would seem more balanced if there was more than the one African American character on stage; all we have now is a streetwise drug-dealer (played by Damiyr Shuford, who has strong moments). In the end, though, nothing can prevent this play about stereotypes from becoming one.
-- Andy Buck