Friday, January 31, 2014

County Line at the Performance Network Theater

County Line will not be for everyone. It deals with darker subject matter than any play I have seen at the Performance Theater Network before. We watch as our heroine Lois is taken from her well meaning but dysfunctional father and put into the foster care system. This is the first of many tragedies to strike Lois. It seems undeserved, especially since her father is not abusive nor neglectful towards her.
All photos from Sean Carter Photo

The play is two timelines juxtaposed together, we see Lois at sixteen, and then again in her twenties foreshadowing a dark fate. As she adjusts to foster life, a tension builds, while the audience waits for the first sign of abuse or neglect. It's subtle at first how we watch her home life devolve until the quiet chaos comes to a head in the second act.

County line is driven by the wonderful performances of it's older actors. Phil Powers and Julia Glander are forces to be reckoned with. Julia, playing foster mom Tanya, is a nuanced narcissist, compelled by self interest and an antiquated idea of love. Phil, who played the lead in Brill, comes back to take on several characters with grace. Together, they bring a sophistication to the theater.

County Line is at the PTN until February 16th, with performances Thursday at 7:30, and 8:00 on Friday and Saturdays. For more information, click here. 

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