by Lee Blessing
Director, Jane Unger
Monkey Man ..... Tim True
Bitch ..... Ana Reiselman
sez says: this is the story of a step-father and step-daughter who are deeply connected (as father and daughter) but who have been torn apart by a difficult divorce. They are on a car trip across country initiated by the step-father and begrudging supported by the step-daughter. Step-dad says he wants to talk--but does not do it when the opportunity is available; Step-daughter is caustic, angry, verbally abusive, and very much in need of an adult to help her through a serious problem. Neither party here is all right--or all wrong. They struggle to find a way to heal the past and the present but there is no easy fix. Dad claims there must be a place --a time--when he will no longer have to pay for his past discretion. The daughter can not imagine a man --even a son--that deserves to exist. Both are wrong.. there is no point when the the past is wiped away and there may be men in the world who are not monsters --one might be her step-dad, but the bridge to that place is tenuous. Step dad sums it up with the line that was something like: I wish I could do you good with doing you harm.
Great acting and a really moving, contemporary story.
MJC Says: well acted, solid story, got emotionally engaged, what more can you ask. Thanks for making a step parent into a caring person and not a villain.
John Street Cafe (Grade A)
6 years ago