Nick Payne's bittersweet love story
A well-written and balanced play beautifully executed, with a strong cast and intelligent direction.
Valorie Curry and Sam Underwood are excellent. Curry impressively transforms the flirtatious young girl into a dignified woman, hiding her pain behind a perfectly maintained face. Underwood carries Leonard's bitterness and hurt with toughened dignity. Both have convincing physicalities and crystal clear voices, as well as a sincere and electric chemistry, right from the spark of their first kiss. They seem as drawn to each other as we are to them and we are wholly convinced by their attraction. The scene-changes, open and fully visible, are beautifully choreographed, which further reflects the actors' synchronicity. Indeed, the scene changes are so slick to watch that we don't mind waiting through them.
The charm of the piece is further heightened by the evocative period settings: the snippets of songs, exquisitely detailed costumes and little touches of mannerisms are perfectly reflective of the changing decades the characters find themselves in.
This production by New York based company Fundamental Theater Project is a wonderful chance to see a well-written and balanced play beautifully executed, with a strong cast and intelligent direction.