Written by Ellen Fairey
Directed by Henry Wishcamper
Starring Marin Hinkle, David Gelles Hurwitz, Brian Kerwin, Polly Lee, Matt McGrath
Performances through May 29, 2010
The Duke at 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street
Henry Wishcamper’s production (mainly Robin Vest’s set and Aaron Ryne’s projections) adroitly uses the Duke’s tiny space to its advantage. But Fairey’s blatant symbolism hurts: shrieking Blue Angels fighter jets fly overhead at all hours (even at 6 AM!), because an air show apparently is taking place over the entire weekend, and Sara and Miles actually discuss the jets’ significance at the play’s climax while sitting on the ledge of Joe and Miles’ apartment building (35 floors up!). The play’s ham-fisted title refers to the local cemetery where Sara and Sam’s dad is buried and where, natch, Miles works.
Graceland even straitjackets a resourceful actress like Marin Hinkle, who’s unable to create a palpably living, breathing character out of Sara. Fairey has talent, but Graceland only hints at it.
originally posted on timessquare.com