This is classic Tennessee Williams. It’s got lobotomies, gay bashing, grasping relatives and a creepily clingy mother, all brought together in a Southern gothic garden as a family unravels the truth behind the violent death of Sebastian, their jet-setting poet scion.
A precise, quietly malignant performance by Jane Burpee as the matriarch is among the best elements of this hour-long production. Less successful is Erin Thorleifson’s Catharine, the fragile cousin who witnesses Sebastian’s death and is then consigned to an insane asylum. She has one note — loud and shrill, so shrill it’s often difficult to understand her lines.
There is genuine tension as the gruesome truth of Sebastian’s death emerges. But, here’s my real quibble: I’m not sure we come to the fringe to see something the MTC mainstage would mount. It’s a decent version of a good play, just not hugely innovative.
— Mary Agnes Welch