God’s Ear at Washington Ensemble Theatre

Washington Ensemble Theatre is a theatre-lover’s WET dream. Sorry. I couldn’t resist.  God’s Ear spins Albee-esque words upon words in a dizzying outward spiral of immense sorrow and dark humor.

Michael Place and Mary Bliss Mathers play grieving parents desperately looking for someone to blame for the death of their son. Their performances shine and sizzle and move as their words seek new targets and avoid old and new hurts. Mikano Fukaya plays their joyful and wise surviving child with a bittersweet abandon and razor-sharp focus. Her wide eyes see everything.

The supporting cast fills out the piece with dark comedy and seductive ramblings. Sophisticated lighting and set design beautifully set the mood and at times become players themselves.

God’s Ear
By Jenny Schwartz
Directed by Roger Benington
Oct. 10-Nov. 10, 2008: Thursday-Monday at 8pm
Washington Ensemble Theatre

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