So often it happens that bad things come from the exercise of poor judgement.
In Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl,” produced by LCT3 at the new Claire Tow Theaer, and in a twice-extended run through August 5th, there is plenty of anguish to go around.
A tragedy brings Becky (Sarah Steele) to seek haven with her uncle Sterling (Željko Ivanek).
Like Becky, Sterling is harboring a secret. The fast-talking Becky and her near-silent uncle are each complicit and share a sense of guilt for very different incidents in their lives.
Sarah Steele and Željko Ivanek Photo © Erin Baiano.
The mystery that is buried in “Slowgirl”unravels over four scenes at Sterling’s Costa Rican jungle home.
Sterling’s affection for his niece eventually gives him the impetus to move ahead.
Sarah Steele’s privileged 17-year old hides her pain in bravado. Hers is a smooth and seamless performance. In the diminutive and lovely Claire Tow Theater, its easy to see Željko Ivanek’s every raised eyebrow. His dismay as Becky chatters, blurting every inappropriate thought, is beautifully nuanced and perfectly timed. Anne Kaufman’s direction allows the plot to unfold unexpectedly, keeping the enigmaiic center of “Slowgirl” alive throughout.
The sets, by Rachel Hauck, and sound, by Leah Gelpe, imaginatively invoke the bucolic tropical forest. Their designs add to the simple exoticism of “Slowgirl.”
To get tickets and find out more about “Slowgirl” visit http://www.lincolncentertheater.org/.
Željko Ivanek Photo © Erin Baiano.
A word about the theater at LCT3:
The Claire Tow Theater sits atop the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi Newhouse Theaters on the Lincoln Center Campus at 63rd and Broadway. The newly-built LEED-certified strucure is really extremely beautiful. It features along with its expertly designed 112 seat interior, a green roof; insulated glass and recycled materials were used in its construction.
The Claire Tow is a breathtaking space in which to showcase the works of emerging playwrights.