If you are looking for a reason to love theatre once more, then the current production at the Cincinnati Playhouse in Park, 4000 miles will entice you. Playwright Amy Herzog leads you through an amazing journey with a drama that is fresh, original, funny, and a pure delight. The story is about healing, finding oneself, and growing again. Sometimes you feel like you have lost something about yourself only to find it is just where you left it among those who love you. 4000 Miles was a 2013 finalist for Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and named by Time Magazine as best Play of the Season.
The story of is about a 21 old year guy named Leo, he is free spirited, outdoors man, and hippie type. His grandmother Vera is 91 years-old widow, she is independent, feisty, sassy, and a progressive. Leo has been traveling the county by bike exploring and embracing nature. He shows up dazed, confused, dirty, and smelly one night at Vera’s Greenwich apartment. Leo is experiencing a loss of a close friend who was killed in a recent accident. Vera takes her grandson in, and they help each other manage life better. He thinks she is pretty cool and understands him more than the rest of the family.
The play does poke fun at some generational issues between Leo and Vera. He is more open to technology such as computers even thou he doesn’t care for them or own one. Vera has a computer but won’t use it. He also is more social and interested with meeting new people but Vera only talks to a next-door neighbor by telephone.
Blake Robison did a brilliant job with the direction of the highly talented cast of 4000 miles.
The character of Vera Joseph is played by veteran actress Rosemary Prinz. She has performed in many roles through the years. She is best known for the character of Penny on As the World Turns. She also has 300 stage productions to her credit, including Prisoner of Avenue, and The Grey Eyed People with Walter Matthau, and Tribute with Jack Lemmon. Rosemary in 4000 miles is captivating, bold, corky, witty and truthful.
The character of Leo was played Robbie Tann well known for his New York performances in productions of Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Much Ado about Nothing. In 4000 Miles, he was highly believable in the character of Leo. I could see the hippie optimism, craving for human connection and the need for everything to be normal.
This is a wonderful show I would recommend going to see it will be at the Shelterhouse theatre at the Cincinnati Playhouse until March 9, 2014. Tickets are ranging from $30 to $80 depending on performance date and location. More information is available online at www.cincyplay.com or by calling the Playhouse Box Office at #513-421-3888.