Williamstown Theatre Festival
Roundabout Theatre Company
The Duke & Lincoln Center
Well done in choosing as its star Midori Francis”— New York Times ”A lead as bold, moving, and full on funny as Ms. Francis
A riveting Midori Francis
Francis’s own undaunted performance as the youthful, growing Kyeoung — results in a portrait that puts the ugly and the wondrous together in the frame.”— Vulture/New York Magazine ”The wonderful and remarkably brave Francis
As played by the adorable, mighty and heartwrenching Midori Francis, Kyeoung immediately sets herself apart from her childhood peers, and not just by virtue of race.
Pregnant Nicole (Midori Francis, bringing intelligence and strength to what could be misread as a stock chickadee role) suggests all isn’t rosy with her live-in boyfriend.
Watching these four actors go at the material is like watching a team of obsessive-compulsives detail a car. Beautifully performed.
O’Connell is matched by a fine ensemble. Francis builds on a series of strong performances in New York (Usual Girls, The Wolves) to suggest a young woman who understands the burden she shoulders and must work hard to overcome.
The cast around O’Connell offers strong support, including Midori Francis’ vulnerable Nicole
Diminutive defense player #8 (Midori Francis,) is the most disarming of the bunch, and the most reluctant to relinquinsh the child’s untarnished view of the world.
The young cast is superb all around, and though it feels callous to mention just a few, I’m still thinking about the deceptive cheeriness of Midori Francis as No. 8 ...
Roles originally played for laughs - like #8, the resident optimist portrayed by Midori Francis - have gone deeper. Francis beautifully wears her inner wounds on her sleeve.