Elsewhere, Jim is buoyant about Oakley hearing, but a wary Bob is worried he is placing himself in a tricky situation. Jim gives out to him for doubting him and Miriam encourages Jim to give more to the community. On Tuesday, Bob and Miriam are in a tizzy when Jim sets off for the hearing.
Perhaps these contemporary costumes are supposed to link to the themes of the production. Near the end of the play, Babirak, who is a knockout as Elomire, has his defining moment. As everyone praises Valere’s “sophomoric” work, Brabirak attacks the street performer, calling for a return to “deeper” art and bemoaning that this praise for such shallow work means “Mediocrity is all we know.” In director Betsy Craig’s program notes, she claims that mediocrity may not just be all we know but also be “all we want.” She makes it clear in her notes that we should not seek a fun play just “because it pays well.”.
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