This production is a wonder of simplicity. It radiates an earnest humanity that puts an empathic face on complex political issues. It is not just good theatre; it's commendable work. Director James Phillip Gates creates both the intimate and tender dream world of the two rooms, and the stark reality of the world these characters are faced with.
Two Rooms by Lee Blessing
The Gene Frankel Theatre, New York City
Two rooms worlds apart: in one, Michael Wells an American university professor held hostage by Arab terrorists; in the other, his wife Lainie, desperate to stay connected despite being thousands of miles away.
Into Michael's room come his tormentors; into Lainie's room come hers - the United States Government and the press corps. State Department representative, the efficient Ellen Van Oss, claims to be doing everything she can to procure the release of this ''low value hostage'' and to urge Lainie's silence. Ambitious journalist, Walker Harris, pushes Lainie to tell her story, his big scoop, and to speak out against the government, in a vain bid to help win Michael's freedom.
Can a government afford to care about one man and his family in the context of a large scale war? Does the press have an obligation to be sensitive to the needs of those whose lives have become the story of the day?
Director: James Phillip Gates
Set Design: Casey Smith
Lighting Design: Kryssy Wright
Costume Design: Heather Klar
Technical Director: Bradley Schmidt
Production Stage Manager: Seth Morgan
Sound Consultant: Michael Bogden
Cast: Tracy Hostmyer, Joe Osheroff, Tori Davis and Garrett Lee Hendricks.