The Apple Family Plays

Nov. 13—Jan. 5 $39–$75
Studio Theatre
1501 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 332-3300
As directed with great sensitivity by Serge Seiden, The Apple Family Plays are so patient and closely observed that the emotional hold they assert over you is insidious: You’re the mute and invisible dinner guest among the decent, unremarkable Apples. After a time, you realize you feel something for them. I suspect this holds true even if you see only one play or the other. Both plays confine themselves to the dining room of Barbara, a schoolteacher in the little village of Rhinebeck, N.Y., about 100 miles north of Manhattan. She looks after her uncle Benjamin, an elderly stage actor who’s suffered from severe amnesia since his heart attack years earlier. Her brother and two sisters visit, along with the other sister’s boyfriend. They dodge one another’s questions about their jobs and spouses and ex-spouses. When they tire of clawing at each other, they begin to listen, and to admit how scared and disappointed they’ve all become. They’re slow burners, these Apple Family Plays, but their effects are lasting. [CK]

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