note: entire contents copyleft 2003 by Will Stackman
Reviewed by Will Stackman
Edward Albee's somewhat maddening Absurdist exercise "The Play About the Baby", which borders on Theatre of Cruelty, is getting a first rate production by the Boston Director's Lab and the Mill 6 Theatre Collaborative over at the Devanaughn Theatre Space in the back of the Piano Factory. Whether it's a short play or a long sketch with an intermission, the piece certainly is dramatic, with masterful dialogue full of characteristic twists. The cast, Walter Belenky as the Boy, Jeff Gill as the Man, Zofia Goszczynska as the Girl, and Jarice Hanson are very much into their roles, forming a tight ensemble which heightens the tension. Boston audiences have seen Belenky in "A Clockwork Orange: and "The Shape of Things", Gill is currently doubling in the role of Selig in "Joe Turner...", Goszczynska is new in town and will be looked for in future ingenue roles, and Hanson, from central Mass. brings a practiced comedienne's touch to here role. Director Jeremy Johnson makes effective use of Devanaughn's broad playing area, made interesting by Caleb Wertenbaker, who's hung two Magritte inspired paintings of windows on the brick walls and created an alcove upstage which adds a bit of depth. Two classic burnished aluminum metal office chairs are the only furniture. Limited seating providing an intimate view of the action adds to the immediacy of the show, which for better or worse is typically Albee. Once again, a master of innuendo has wrestled with conversation to question what is really being said.