note: entire contents copyright 2007 by Beverly Creasey
Zero Point Productions had a short but sweet stay at the BCA last weekend. ZP gets lots of points for a smart production, inventive direction and classy acting. Beth Henley’s CRIMES OF THE HEART got the loving attention this charming play deserves. Director Emil Kreymer weaves the perfect balance of humor and poignancy into Henley’s Chekhovian take on Three Mississippi Sisters who share heartbreak and solidarity. Michelle Holmes gives the caretaker sister a delicate sadness which makes her triumph at play’s end all the more gratifying.
Angelique Kopilevich gives the prodigal sister just a touch of fragility beneath the bravado and Alanna Gene Woonteiler is nothing short of hilarious as the delightfully deranged Thumbelina who shoots her husband and then makes him lemonade. Even before “Babe” crawls into the oven, she tucks herself into a suitcase, in just one of director Kreymer’s clever inspirations.
Audrey Lynn Sylvia is brittle sharp as their nasty, social-climbing cousin and Jeff Tidwell is so laconic as an ex-beau, even his pauses are funny. Michael Fortney’s banjo is a lively addition to the Southern ambiance and Lucas Lloyd is just right as the knight in shining armor for the sharp shootin’ Babe.
It’s a pity their run wasn’t longer.