Art & Design
Posted by Josie McGraw
12. Feb, 2013
When 21 year-old Leo (Tim Ross) arrives unexpectedly at his grandmother’s tiny New York apartment, a distinct and unapologetic tone is set. The eco-loving Leo is at the end of his cross-country bike trip having gone weeks without speaking to his parents and looking for a place to crash. Vera (Julia Blake) is wise to her grandson’s snarky behaviour, offering Leo her home and feisty opinions.
Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles conveys the disconnection of family through this relationship defined by a generation gap. As the play develops, the 70 year age difference creates a natural sense of humour while the themes of breakdown of family, communication and community resonate throughout.
Julia Blake is effortless with her performance, presenting herself as the loveable and critical 91 year-old widow; delightfully forgetful with the presence of mind to embrace her ever increasing age. Tim Ross depicts Leo’s character precisely encouraging every audience member to recount their own rebellious past. The intimate set of the Greenwich Village apartment, designed by Sophie Woodward, has impressive attention to detail while director Mark Pritchard’s aim for realism is satisfyingly attained. 4000 Miles is a refreshing take on a familiar topic that will mesmerise you into ringing your grandma for a chat.
4000 Miles is now playing at Red Stitch Actors Theatre until March 9.
For more information and tickets visit redstitch.net.
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