★☆☆☆☆ - Not Hungry
Lisa D’Amour’s dark comedy, “Detroit,” is really any city in the US during the economic downturn; suburbia falling from the grace as originally dreamed; people hiding from themselves as much as each other; self-indulgence under the guise of true caring and human kindness. And, there is the crux of the piece, the heart of this 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.
In LVLT’s Fischer Black Box presentation, there has been no mining of the ore which can be found in D’Amour’s words. It would be easy to leave it at that, but that doesn’t serve the artists or potential patrons; that wouldn’t be doing my job.
Under the direction of Chris Davies, this production failed to touch even the lightest surfaces of the script’s themes. Words tumble out as remembered lines to be spoken, and Davies repeats the mistakes in his directing debut of “Farragut North:” moving actors down center to deliver lines. Most movement is done completely without motivation.