Without a Trace

A play that generates more questions than answers isn't such a bad thing

"The longer you know someone, the less you can say," whispers one of Rogers's characters near the play's end. We have learned much by then, perhaps too much. So this poignant sonata of grief called Madagascar closes like a perfect chamber score -- in powerful silence, in rest. Yet there is something distressingly familiar about the unhappiness that drenches the family at the heart of Madagascar. June, Lillian, and Nathan, as written by this playwright and as intelligently directed by Martinez, come alive. All three have been hurt in some way and each could use a rest. And as the play jumps madly from past to present to fantasy, all three come to grips with the unknown. It is a devastating, improbably quiet moment of truth.

Kathryn Lee Johnston in a scene from 
Madagascar
Kathryn Lee Johnston in a scene from Madagascar

Details

Written by J.T. Rogers. Directed by Ricky J. Martinez. With Kathryn Lee Johnston, Angie Radosh, and Bill Schwartz. Through October 9. 305-443-5909.
New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St, Coral Gables

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