|Soren Thayne Miller and Charlie Peterson
(photo by Sarah Whiting)
|Zalmy and Shmuel (Soren Thayne Miller and Charlie Peterson)
with Jonathan (Paul LaNave, photo by Sarah Whiting
heavier topics. High school students Charlie Peterson and Soren Thayne Miller are so great as the conservative Shmuel and curious Zalmy, respectively. The weight of this story rests squarely on their young shoulders, and they're totally up to the task, both confident, self-possessed, and so present on stage, with a believable friendship. Paul LaNave conveys all of Jonathan's loss and longing, his excitement for his new interest covering a great hurt. Rounding out the cast is Marci Lucht, who only appears in one scene as Jonathan's girlfriend, but leaves a lasting impression.
Michael Hoover has once again designed a crisp, clean-lined set. City buildings converge towards the center in a perception trick, with an adorable yellow rental truck constructed of wood dominating the stage. The boys are dressed in traditional black suits and hats, while Jonathan's clothing subtly changes from '90s record store employee to a more conservative look emulating his new friends (costume design by Eleanor Schanilec). The 1991 setting comes into play when the characters exchange mix tapes that they play on their walkman; it's fun to watch these Gen Z kids handle a cassette tape that they've probably never seen before in their lives.
Like all of Six Points' work, Trayf explores issues of Jewish culture, identity, and faith, in a respectful yet entertaining way, with common universal themes that are relatable even to goys. Teenage boys are kind of the same in any culture, unsure of themselves, curious about the world, longing for something more, always thinking about snacks. Trayf tells the story of these specific boys growing up in a very specific world in a way that showcases their humanity and makes us follow and relate to their journey.
Join me and my fellow Twin Cities Theater Bloggers for a special event at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Get $20 off the ticket price for the March 4 matinee performance of the regional premiere of the super fun and heart-warming musical The Prom, and stick around after the show for a talk-back with some of the cast. Read my review of The Prom here, find more info about the event in the Facebook event here, and purchase discount tickets using code TCTB1 or by clicking on this link (discount valid for any performance through March 12).