Peter Jay Sharp Theater
An ailing mother and her teenaged son flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love and redemption. Her son, a gifted student currently enrolled at a prestigious military academy, isn’t interested. So Mom takes the kindly cabdriver instead, while the boy entertains a visitor from down the hall, an enigmatic young woman seeking solace after a tumultuous, potentially dangerous evening. KINDNESS is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances.
Scenic Designer: Lauren Helpern
Costume Designer: Daphne Javitch
Lighting Designer: Mary Louise Geiger
Sound Designer: Eric Shim
Production Stage Manager: Richard Hodge
Photos of (1) Christopher Denham and Annette O'Toole; (2) Annette O'Toole; (3) Katherine Waterston; and (4) Annette O'Toole and Ray Anthony Thomas by Joan Marcus.
Compelling. A well-crafted mini-thriller, which keeps you in suspense until the final blackout.—Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News
Adam Rapp proves himself the definitive director of his own work. Christopher Denham has the sly wit and restless intelligence to play Dennis.—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
FOUR STARS. A terrifically robust performance from Annette O’Toole.—Diane Snyder, Time Out New York