July 3, 2012
Is there such a thing as a “bad seed?” That was the discussion topic following the performance of Eliza Clark’s “Recall” performed by company Colt Coeur at the East Village Wild Project Theater.
Thin and intense, the teenage Lucy (Jordyn DiNatale) scrubs and scrubs a blood stain on a ratty rug while her attractive, blonde-haired mother Justine (Katya Campbell) rambles on about fatties on reality shows. Whatever happened, they must evacuate the premises and take refuge in a strange man’s home.
Misfits boxed in a Spartan apartment-- the mystery is just beginning. Is this part of an identity protection program? Protective of her anti-social daughter, Justine warms to the young, hesitant guardian David (a fine Caleb Scott) while the explosive Lucy recoils against his kind overtures. Imminently appealing, Ms. Campbell is a natural making her relationship to David and Lucy quite touching.
At school, Lucy meets another odd child, Quinn (Owen Campbell). Both are being tested and observed for violent behavior by a zipped up, socially inept medical type Charlotte (Colleen Werthmann). Comic relief seeps in during their awkward courtship with Quinn garnering many of the evening’s laughs.
Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt taps into the dark humor, but the complicated genetic relationships and plot twists pile up and then, too quickly, unspool. Violence births and ends "Recall" a sometimes tonally slippery, but intriguing play.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis