Critics' Choice

The Living Room again took on a difficult topic, and two actors again explored difficult roles in a reprise of the emotionally absorbing Blackbird. First produced at the Living Room two years back, this 2005 play by David Harrower was inspired by an actual English case involving a U.S. Marine and a 12-year-old girl. Here, Vanessa Severo portrayed the now grown 27-year-old Una confronting Scott Cordes' 55-year-old Ray, 15 years after their forbidden courtship and liaison. Again under the direction of Bryan Moses, these talented performers navigated the roller coaster of this forceful and intimate play. Cordes and Severo delved into their characters to reveal complicated, layered people. And they did it twice.

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