Kaleb Alexander, Lauren Brotman, Beryl Bain (photo by Joe Bucci)Catch Up Then Slow Down
by Keely Kwok
There’s a moment between Jo and Jason where the latter has been listening on his side of the wall to Jo and her husband in their apartment. Jo has to strategically sneak out of her bedroom to go to the bathroom without waking her abusive husband. Brotman and Alexander weave the retelling together, each saying half a sentence to make a whole, distinctively from their own perspective. And it’s interactions like this that showcase what the play is really about: the collateral damage of domestic abuse. In this shanty apartment building with its paper thin walls, everyone hears everyone’s business. Domestic abuse doesn’t just affect the one, it affects the many. The question is, what do the many do about it?
Read also: an interview with co-artistic directors of Bound to Create, Jack Grinhaus and Lauren Brotman