At roughly 90 minutes without intermission, the play at times drags (there is a sort of unspoken sexual tension between two of the characters that seems unnecessary to the plot). But overall, New Theatre has struck a positive chord. The company's new digs at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, a converted movie theater across the street from the Florida International University South Campus, works thanks to its ample space and lighting.
Winter's subtle shifts in tone between funny and tragic paint an emotive picture of abandonment and regret. Sometimes a play is a comedy, until it's no longer a comedy. This is a precarious line that the writers and actors succeed in following for this production.
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Scott Douglas Wilson, Nicole Quintana, and Annemaria Rajala in Winter at New Theatre.
"While the siblings in the play act in sort of terrible ways to one another, it's my hope that by the end of it, the audience will understand why they became the adults that they became," Caisley says when asked what he hopes audiences take away from Winter. "And I hope that they pick up the phone and call their parents."