When I first heard about Sorry I was intrigued, as the play is part of a quartet that follows the lives of a family. I prefer my stories in series form—I enjoy books that are part of a series and love television over movies.. Book after book or season after season, you become invested into the characters and can’t help but wonder what happens next. I’m still bitter about not knowing what’s happened to some of my favorite characters…aka Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. We know he had a daughter but who is this so-called Mother? It figures they would do that to us.
While I may have missed the first two plays, I was looking forward to spending the afternoon at Studio Theatre with a friend on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. These days the only theaters I seem to make it to are movie theaters. Sorry is one of two final installments in Richard Nelson’s The Apple Family Cycle followed by Regular Singing. Over meals and through conversation, the Apple family tries to overcome changes the years have brought, not just for themselves and but for the country.
Sorry takes place early morning of Election Day in 2012 in Rhinebeck, NY. Obama’s re-election campaign is almost won. The Apple siblings gather to help their elderly and ailing Uncle Benjamin transition to an assisted care facility. Over a rather non-traditional breakfast consisting of orange juice and cold Chinese food, they confide in one another about their own personal struggles. They talk about the path they are taking as a family, a generation and as a nation.
The Apple Family explores the current issues we face as a country andhow we can evolve in the future. Regardless of their opposing political beliefs, each family member shares common concerns about the safety and economic health of our country. They each divulge what they would like to say to President Obama if they had a chance.
Over the sacrifices and arguments about the best way to handle their ill uncle, the family comes together through emotionally provoking conversations. There’s something so raw and honest about the way the Apple family interacts that you forget that these are actors. The play concludes with votes being cast in the election. While we know who won the Presidential race, the audience was left hanging on to see what happens next with the Apple family in the final installment, Regular Singing.
Studio Theatre offers guests a chance to see both Sorry and Regular Singing, with a pre-fixe menu from Commissary between performances. Ticket prices range from $49-$96.
Sorry runs until December 13th at Studio Theatre’s Milton Theatre. Tickets range from $20—$75 or $49-$96 for both performances including the family style meal.
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