Robin Rice Lichtig's play about tormented siblings gets a sterile, badly acted production.
Lichtig's play sees a place for love in the equation, which is a sharp departure from Genet's starker world view. It's a legitimate one, but never portrayed with coherent motivation or drive by any of the four onstage characters: two sisters (played by Laura Hankin and Lauren Roth), their brother (Andrew Broussard), and a homeless teenaged slam poet (Debby Brand).
We hear some discussion on the difference between pretending and lying. And the brother learns to leave the space that he's in (literally and figuratively) so he can move forward. But the dramatic action of this 90-minute play is too shallow and the character voices too non-distinct for any of this to make sense.
Moreover, it would require virtuosic performances and staging to pull any of this off, especially in the surreal and difficult role-playing scenes. But neither director Joan Kane nor her actors are up to the task of breathing life into these sterile proceedings.