|the boys in their room (Peter Christian Hansen and|
Dan Hopman, photo by Alyssa Kristine Photograpy)
|Susan (Linda Kelsey) with granddaughter Roann|
(Lucy Farrell, photo by Alyssa Kristine Photograpy)
|the family meeting (photo by Alyssa Kristine Photography)|
This dysfunctional family dramedy (yes, there are moments of humor, particularly with the bickering brothers acting like children) speaks to the difficulties of being human and being in relationships with other humans, and the poor choices we sometimes make. One hopes one's family isn't this broken, but there are certainly relatable moments of brokenness as we're all just trying to do our best, for the most part, even if that sometimes isn't good enough for those around us. As you may have gathered The Boys Room is not exactly an uplifting play, but it is thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing, largely due to the talents of this cast in portraying the humanness of this story - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The Boys Room continues Thursdays through Sundays (plus one Monday night performance) through the end of the month. A great "dinner and a show" option is Lake Monster Brewing, in the same building as Gremlin (Vandalia Tower just off 94 and Vandalia Street), which has daily rotating food trucks (posted on their website). There's also a newish coffee bar and roastery in the tower, SK Coffee, that I need to check out next time I go to a matinee (they close at 4pm).