Our story is centered around Tommy (a natural and lived-in performance by the always excellent Stephen Yoakam - now with hair!), a divorced father of two working odd jobs and living in a shabby, messy room in his uncle's house. Uncle Maurice (Martin Ruben, a charming grumpy old man) is still grief-stricken by his wife's death three years ago, and not happy with the way Tommy is living his life. Tommy's business partner and sometime flatmate Doc (a loveable drifter in the hands of Patrick Bailey) shows up every now and then to share a cup of tea or some chips and do a job or two. There's a certain easy regularity to their lives, which is disturbed when Tommy rescues a woman who is being beaten up on the street. He gives Aimee (Sara Richardson, all raw emotion and nervous tics) a place to sleep and a bit of security, until her abusive boyfriend (a truly terrifying Tyson Forbes) finds her. Tommy and Aimee are forced to take desperate measures, and then... well, something happens. Or doesn't happen, I'm not sure. But it's a lovely and bittersweet moment.
|Aimee, Doc, and Tommy share some chips|
(Sara Richardson, Patrick Bailey, and Stephen Yoakam,
photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp)
If you like your theater odd, dark, full of interesting characters, and with that distinctly Irish mix of hope and tragedy, The Night Alive might be just the show for you (playing through December 20).