Max’s mother (Lori Yeghiayan) faces a different kind of extinction: death from cancer. Max’s biology teacher (Darrell Kunitomi) escaped extinction in his native Cambodia during the time of the Killing Fields.
Max is the central character, but Faught doesn’t have the stage skills to keep up with the character. Kunitomi steals the show.
I would have rather the story be told through Ellery’s viewpoint, as his journey to understanding is more complete than Max’s. The piece never relents emotionally and is greater than the sum of its parts, but the sentimentality should carry the play over its rough edges.
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