KC Fringe Festival
There are some fine performances in this play. This is one of only two serious dramatic pieces that I caught at this year's Fringe Festival. In fact, I would have to say that all of the performances were excellent. Of particular note was the mom and wife (and sister to the mob boss) who played her part with a fragile rigidity.
I gather that the play was about assessing a person's worth in society, souls being bargained and traded, deals being struck. But ultimately the story says that life is worthless. The most sympathetic character does something heinous, which led me to become unsympathetic to his plight and his ultimate demise. The other characters are no better-the mom lives in a state of denial and has no heart, the dad wants to run away but lacks the courage to do even that, the mob brother appears to want to help but is unmoved by the damage he has wrought. The hookers fare even worse. Ultimately, the play is misogynistic in its portrayal of women.
There is a certain nobility to living a life of quiet desperation, but not in this story.