|Shanan Custer (photo by Rich Ryan)|
|Lucien (Darrick Mosley) and Ray (Kurt Kwan) bond over food|
(with Glenn Kubota, photo by Rich Ryan)
|Ray says goodbye (Kurt Kwan and Glenn Kubota, photo by Rich Ryan)|
The play is performed in Park Square's basement thrust stage, with a simple backdrop of white curtains and blinds, upon which projections are sparingly used to convey memories. The sparse simple set pieces include a hospital bed, kitchen counter, and table with chairs, which keeps the focus on the story and the characters, who are dressed in modern character defining clothes. (Set design by Deb O, video design by Kathy Maxwell, costume design by Amber Brown.)
Aubergine is not the easiest play to watch and will surely bring out many different emotions from the audience as we watch Ray come to terms with his father's mortality, and his own. Something all of us have to do sooner or later. But it's the best kind of play, one that deftly depicts the human experience with grace, humor, and heart.
Aubergine continues through October 20.