Written by Maria Milisavijevic, directed by Richard Rose, starring Layne Coleman, Janet Laine Greene, Sarah Sherman and Benjamin Sutherland.
Eighty minutes, no intermission is one of favorite theatre phrases. This play fit the format perfectly. It was just long enough to keep my interest and to make the points it had to make. Anything more would have been too much.
The first half of the play builds your sympathy with the family. Their farm is being polluted, animals are dying, children are not able to play outside, babies are still born. Why is no one ready to listen? Why will the government not do anything. This is a clear case of injustice, made worse when the patriarch is sent to prison for bombing a tool shed, with no opportunity to speak in court.
But as time pasees, the religious fanaticism rises and the sympathy declines. Father returns fom prison more bitter and more convinced that his old testament beliefs must be obeyed. The son points out the new testament alternatives, but is shut down. The family is doomed and society never listens to a real and important message.
An excellent cast, was supported by intersting and effective staging. The use of music was very good and appropriate.