l-r Shiong-en Chan, Danielle Desormeaux (photo by: Ange J. Murphy)
by Caitlin Murphy
The highly-stylized set – Maggie’s apartment building stripped down to its metal skeleton – is impressive and cold.
Thinking of Yu asks some very penetrating existential questions about individual responsibility and courage. How do we determine what we can change about our world and what we can’t? Should we act anyway, regardless of what impact our actions might have? Is it better to curse the hand we’ve been dealt, or simply play it? As Chevrier insightfully offers in her director’s notes: “I find myself as an ordinary person wanting to do extraordinary things.” The play’s themes are universal: we have all wondered whether the mere intensity of our desire to do good is matched by our real ability to do so. Overall, it’s a ragged rehashing of the serenity prayer that leads to some pretty engaging debate.