In a Dark Dark House
By Andrew Andrews
In a Dark Dark House pulls you in from the get-go and doesn’t release its grip until the black out after the final scene.
On a sparse stage before a wall plastered with blood red scratches that scream of child abuse, the brothers sort through their sordid past alone for most of the story, save a troubling scene between Terry and a fifteen year old girl.
If you’ve followed my reviews for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I generally prefer plays with larger casts and more elaborate set design. In this case, however, I feel that the minimalism of each scene helps focus our attention on the details of the discourse and the intensity of the situation.
Except for a moment when one of the actors forgot a line, the cast played their parts well, and an instant where the subtle sound effects are intentionally cut off deserves mention for its timeliness.
The house in this tale is long gone by the time the show starts, but its darkness looms on, and it will follow you out on your way home from the theatre.
Andrew Andrews attended In a Dark Dark House at A.R.T./New York Theatres Gural Theatre in Manhattan on Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 2:00pm to write this review.