To Quiet the Quiet

In an apartment kitchen, a man, Quinn (Michael Marc Friedman), is questioning a raddled, nervous woman, Kathy (Lisa Richards). He seems initially to be a defense attorney coaching his client on testimony about some crime she has committed. As the scene progresses, her behavior becomes stranger and stranger: She's giddy, forgetful, flirtatious, argumentative and seductive by turns, but he's oddly unmoved. In Christy Hall's probing psychological drama To Quiet the Quiet, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Quinn leaves, and the woman's former husband, Todd (Stephen Mendillo), arrives. He's uneasy, reluctant to stay and uncertain why he's been invited. She accuses him of stealing their daughter. But she's not a reliable witness, and it's obvious she still loves/needs him. As the mysteries and contradictions accumulate, director Barbara Bain leads us subtly but unerringly from clue to clue till the last moments of the play, when the final piece falls into place — and she elicits fine performances from her actors. Richards revels in the complexity of her role, exuberantly revealing its ever-changing facets. Joel Daavid's set is made up, appropriately enough, of outsize jigsaw puzzle pieces.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. Starts: July 13. Continues through Aug. 19, 2012

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