Beautifully handled by Smith and his design collaborators, the play goes off-rails a bit when O'Brien imposes as ending a flashback-memory montage, with principal characters (including dead ones) drifting back onstage to speak prior best lines in echo! echo! echo! recollection. Yet there's a certain charm to ex-Riverdance choreographer Jean Butler's ensuing ensemble step-dance finale.
If the novel's Kate came off as a guileless blank slate passively dragged down again and again by Baba's misdeeds White fills out that character with impressive gravitas. Serafin is a marvel as the antsy-panted best friend who simply can't repress her disrespect for authority, or precocious aspirations as a va-voom mantrap.
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