As we get older, our responsibilities and our burdens become greater—something to which I am acutely aware these days. While I feel incredibly fortunate to be a healthy, single entity with healthy parents, many of my friends and loved ones are dealing with the challenges of growing families, aging or dying parents, and all that comes with adulthood and family in this world. Sure, there’s the stress, and the sadness, but there’s also the financial burdens, and the fears, among other concerns, that plague a person dealing with a family crisis.
Studio Theatre’s latest play, Curve of Departure, centers on just that: how individuals hold themselves and their families together in times of trouble. The play is set in a hotel room in Santa Fe, where a family prepares for the funeral of the father. The mother, Linda, is caring for her aging father-in-law, though her husband left her many years ago. Her sensitive and successful son, Felix, brings his boyfriend home for the funeral—but they are dealing with a family crisis all their own.
The play focuses on the emotion of death, love, loss, and struggle, and the ties that bind family together. The acting was phenomenal—I teared up twice as I empathized with the characters. The play is a short one—an hour and twenty minutes without intermission—and absolutely worth seeing this winter.
Curve of Departure is playing through January 7, 2018. And you can get tickets here.
1501 14th St. N.W.