This unevenly performed solo show about a tragic laundromat accident contains striking imagery.
Berger enacts a number of characters of various ages and genders, including the drowned girl's anguished mother, her sullen but aggressive stepbrother, her best friend, the owner of the laundromat, and an old man who plays a crucial role in the accident. Most of these roles are sketched in very broadly, with caricatured mannerisms and vocal intonations. However, the longer Berger stays within a character, the more nuances she's able to bring out. Unfortunately, the script calls for her to switch roles with a great amount of frequency. The actress is most consistently convincing as an insurance investigator who becomes obsessed with the case. Speaking in a measured tone, she puzzles over the actions and inactions of those involved and wonders what the dead girl felt in her final moments.
Stuart has constructed his script as something of a mystery story, with each successive speech by the various individuals affected shedding more and more light on what happened. He stops shy of spelling out every single detail, but provides enough information so that the audience has a pretty clear idea of which individuals share the bulk of the blame for the young girl's death.