But first, let's meet the family Becky Shaw descends upon. Mother Susan and daughter Susie have a complicated relationship. Susie is mourning the recent death of her beloved father, Susan not so much. She's hooked up with a much younger man (whom we never see), who may be after her money, which Susan is OK with because she has MS and he helps care for her. Then there's Max, who was taken in by Susan and her husband when he was ten years old and his mother died (and his father didn't want him). Max is a lot like the woman who raised him - cold, pragmatic, decisive, concerned about money because somebody has to be. Max and Susie have a co-dependent not quite brother/sister relationship - it's complicated. When Susie and her husband Andew set Max up on a date with Becky, one of Andrew's co-workers, she becomes intricately involved in their lives in unexpected ways. Is Becky a master manipulator, or a helpless victim? The play doesn't make that clear, but it's probably a little of both.
|the cast of Becky Shaw (photo by Alyssa Kristine)
The play takes place in various bedrooms and living rooms, neatly accomplished by rotating a few set pieces and displaying images on several screens. Characters are dressed in modern attire that helps tell us who they are. (Set and lighting design by Carl Schoenborn, projection design by Emmet Kowler, costume design by Mandi Johnson).
The super dark comedy Becky Shaw continues through January 26 at Gremlin Theatre.