We see glimpses of Cissy’s interactions with her parents and different guys (all convincingly portrayed by Stewart W. Calhoun) presented in a non-chronological format that’s intriguing. This is an emotionally-charged play, but never heavy or uncomfortable despite the subject matter.
Vital delivers a powerful performance that any young actress should be proud of, but O’Brien shines the brightest. She’s completely believable in her role and delivers a heartfelt, very funny, characterization.
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