Hold on tight. Family can elicit many feelings– not all of them Norman Rockwell images.
|Erin Cummings as Donna, Randy Harrison as Kevin, Paul Anthony Stewart as Ted and Alexis Molnar as Lottie in a scene from Chad Beguelin’s “Harbor” at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Carol Rosegg.|
Many “a brick of truth,” Donna’s favorite expression, gets dropped in “Harbor,” and somehow, it seems like the “brick” to which she refers may not be a building material. If we think that comedy is meant to be funny, “Harbor” enlightens us. “Harbor” is that and poignant and bright and brittle.
The cast of four all give commendably brilliant performances under the guidance of director Mark Lamos.
Erin Cummings is chilling as the conniving and hapless Donna. Alexis Molnar matches her stroke for stroke as the savvy and befuddled Lottie. Paul Anthony Stewart, who gets a wonderful rant in the opening scenes, recognizes all the subtle nuances that make ted tick, even the things the man doesn’t seem to know about himself. Boyish and unmoored, Randy Harrison depicts a Kevin who is malleable and unformed to a tee.
Ted and Kevin’s beautiful and immaculate Sag Harbor house is lovingly designed by Andrew Jackness, with views of its outside projected on the side walls.
“Harbor” is as complex and complicated as the most intricate family ties which it portrays with elegance and grace.
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