Patricia Cornelius’ unblinking study of three underclass women hits you like a slap in the face.
The title of the play pretty much describes the past lives and future prospects of Billy, Bobby and Sam. All three share traumatic pasts thanks to inadequate or abusive institutional and foster care. All have been involved in a violence incident for which no one seems sorry or remorseful.
They are products of a flawed and careless system, that’s clear enough. But Cornelius doesn’t deal victim cards or angle for our shallow sympathy. Her characters are mean, hard, guarded and self-sabotaging. They say and do contemptible things. Only occasionally are we allowed a glimpse of their vulnerability.
Hanni Trewin, Charlotte Huggart and Erin Taylor star in this in-your-face, intimate production. Todd McHenry directs.