The show begins with a gunshot, when the situation between a couple and their neighbor comes to a head. Time then reverses (with some cool repeated dialogue and reversing of scenes) and we learn how they got there. "Committed Christian" couple Steve (Jason Peterson) and Sara (Mary Fox) have recently moved from Minnesota to Florida. Steve works in hotel remodeling, and struck up a multi-million dollar deal with a mysterious Swiss investor. But despite his faith, the deal (which sounds suspicious from the get go) goes south, leaving Steve devastated and confused. Meanwhile, Sara has made friends with their neighbor Sam (Kurt Kwan), a NASA engineer in a deep depression because of the car accident that killed his girlfriend and left him physically and emotionally scarred. Steve convinces Sam to invest in his hotel deal, and then asks him if he went to church as a child (hint: if someone you just met asks you if you go to church, run the other direction). It's a question he also asks the exterminator (played by director Terry Hempleman), getting an answer he doesn't expect from the German immigrant who survived WWII. There are some pretty intense discussions about faith, the nature of God, and why bad things happen. Steve's clear cut faith is never shaken, until everything falls apart, but Sara is a bit more open-minded, and finds a connection with lost soul Sam. The end brings us back to the gunshot at the beginning, and now we know how it happened, but I'm not sure it's ever possible to understand why such things happen.
|the cast of Grace (photo courtesy of Yellow Tree)|
Grace continues at Yellow Tree Theatre through March 5. Check it out to contemplate some big ideas and witness some terrific acting in a play that's both disturbing and enlightening.