Theres not much happening in the backwater farm community where Melanie Marnichs steamy drama unfolds: Folks go to church, get drunk, tell ghost stories, maybe fool around. In this narrow cultural enclave of rough beer-swilling farmers, pretty, coquettish Laura (Carrie Wiita) stands out. Married to the carnally brutish and domineering Tin (Gregory Sims), shes caught up in a passionate affair with a strapping buck named Daniel (RJ Debard) but inexplicably hedges when he implores her to run away with him. Her life implodes after the local psycho (Kevin Meoak) who is hot for her himself commits a shocking act. Marnichs spare storytelling style eschews the background details of these peoples lives; were never told how the lovers met, or why the scrupulous Laura remains married to a man she so evidently despises. This leaves the performers plenty of leeway to connect the dots an opportunity Wiita seizes with delectably captivating skill, but which other performers unhappily leave undone. This doesnt include Sims, whose multilayered performance bares the need beneath his characters explosive anger, or JJ Maynes, on target as the neighbor who nervously tries to clue him in on Lauras hanky-panky. Under Jaime L. Robledos direction, the shows uncredited music, Yancey Dunhams lighting and Ben Rocks sound design come together to create a sense of spooky desolation.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 1. Continues through May 7, 2008