Redtwist Theatre presents BROKEN GLASS. It’s 1938. In Poland, Nazis are destroying Jewish homes and storefronts in the historic Kristallnacht. In Brooklyn, a woman mysteriously collapses. Sylvia is paralyzed from the waist down. The doctors can’t find anything medically wrong with her. Her husband is distraught. Her physician is intrigued. And she is obsessed… with the persecution of Jews. Sylvia can’t believe her husband, her sister, her country aren’t concerned with the rise of Hitler and the marginalizing of Jews. The world events have seemingly crippled her. When her doctor probes deeper, past secrets show the root of her disability. BROKEN GLASS is fragments of drama.
I’m a huge fan of Playwright Arthur Miller. This show surprised me for its Lifetime TV movie quality. The characters were one dimensional. The plot was simplistic. The dialogue was melodramatic. Under the co-direction of Michael Colucci and Jan Ellen Graves, the cast tries to overcome the histrionic structure. In his dual role as actor, Colucci (Dr. Hyman) goes for an even-keel delivery to balance out the over-wrought. His normalcy, almost flat, allows Neal Grofman (Phillip) the room to fill the space with a highly volatile performance. A raging Grofman dominates this show. Grofman continually spirals into passionate frenzies. Powerful! In supporting roles, Susan Fay (Margaret) and Robyn Okrant (Harriet) bring terrific comedy relief. Fay is forcefully spunky. Okrant is conspiratorially quirky.
During the show, I continued to conjure up directions I thought Miller would take us. He didn’t. He stayed the predictable route. For me, this play is Miller Lite… definitely less filling. BROKEN GLASS shattered my illusion of Arthur Miller.
Running Time: Two hours and ten minutes includes an intermission
At Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Michael Colucci and Jan Ellen Graves
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 3pm
Thru November 18th
Buy Tickets at www.redtwist.org