In the midst of heavy plotting and severely under-explored characters, Sing After Storms seeks to create a story that channels both Doubt and Blue/Orange. However, what sets this play back is its reluctance to shift from predictability.
Joe Laureiro's performance of Jack Young, a pioneering psychiatrist trying to salvage his reputation as a pariah, is clinically calm with moments violent rage and frustration. Nevertheless, his portrayal lacks in the complexities inherent in Dr. Young's character. There's quite more Laureiro can explore during the arch of the show. What truly harms this play, though, are the moments of pure exposition, and stagnant progression.
The play eventually branches into two directions. The first, seeks to answer the question of whether or not Dr. Young is truly the monster people say he is. The second, is to solve the mysterious death of the 40-year-old boyfriend of Pearl Young (Mia Fraboni), Dr. Young's 17 year-old daughter. The subsequent feeling you have now, after reading those last two sentences, will most likely be exactly what you'll feel throughout the entirety of this show. Melodramas such as these are the sort to hit or miss.
Sing After Storms was performed as part of the Thespis Theatre Festival. For more information, visit https://thespisnytheaterfestival.com/