Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s BEAUTIFUL THING is like a crisp Pinot Grigio on a summer’s eve; it’s refreshing, smooth, and successfully beats the oppressive heat with its light and hopeful air.
BEAUTIFUL THING explores two young boys, Ste (Kevin Murray) and Jamie (Griffin Back), as they first discover love in the unlikeliest of places.
The cast, a delightful conglomerate of misfits, does their best with dated, British slang and dialect. Melanie Julian shines as the brash and brazen Sandra, while Kevin Chick (Tony) is an adorable ne’er-do-well with all the right intentions. Murray and Back are sweet and innocent in their discovery, so much so that I felt slightly embarrassed watching their private moments. Sofie Yavorsky rounds out the cast as the Mama Cass-loving, girl-next-door.
The play, written by Jonathan Harvey, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and that is exactly what director Peter Reynolds did: create a celebration of love, family, and pride.
BEAUTIFUL THING runs from now until February 2, 2014 at the Skybox at The Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For more information see www.mauckingbird.org or call 215-923-8909.