Lost in America

The Margolis Brown Company's tragicomic search for the self takes them to the distant shores of suburbia

Sometimes it seems that the boldest thing a theater can do is present an ambivalent mood. Audiences want to know how to feel about a production, and they look to the actors onstage for clues. But Brown's hangdog expression and American Safari's unhurried staging offer no clear interpretation. The events onstage look like comedy, but they sure don't feel like it. Perhaps that's the boldest statement of the production, as the promise of the suburbs has always been a resolution to ambiguity. There, you would know who your neighbors were and what was expected of you. You'd know your station in life. Margolis and Brown look at the suburbs and find neither obvious hilarity nor certain tragedy--just endless uncertainty.

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