Strange Snow, Pyewacket, at Sarantos Studios. By now most theater audiences can sing along with the post-Vietnam GI blues, but Steve Metcalfe’s 1982 tale of a veteran and his sister and the war comrade who rescues them has lost none of its compassion, either for the men unwilling to confront choices they made in the heat of battle or for the tarnished knight and spinsterly lady who find themselves drawn to each other. Regrets and renewals, after all, are universal.
Nevertheless the war has been over for a long time, a fact Pyewacket acknowledges by shifting the play’s dramatic question, which is now not so much whether David will come to terms with his wartime guilt and pain as it is whether Megs, who’s rejoined humanity after wrestling with his demons, and schoolteacher Martha will continue to heal each other. Director Linda LeVeque betrays the wisdom of this romantic interpretation, however, by choosing to terminate the play’s action prematurely, making for a far more pessimistic ending than Metcalfe envisioned.
This misstep notwithstanding, Pyewacket’s production has much to recommend it. Kate Harris and David Tatosian are one of the best new tag teams on the storefront circuit, delivering sensitive performances in the roles of Martha and Megs, while J. Scott Turner provides stalwart support as David.
–Mary Shen Barnidge