Becky Shaw in Nashua NH

I just saw my friend Holly Schaff play the title role in the dark comedy Becky Shaw, running through April 12 at the Artists Collective Theatre in Nashua, NH.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the historical-looking Hunt Memorial Building and saw that the play was going to be performed not only in the round, but in the tiny foyer (maybe 26 seats?). The actors were never more than a few feet away during the performance.

This too-close-for-comfort staging works well since the play is both intimate and cutting. It’s about a dysfunctional family and a blind date gone terribly wrong. One of the wonderful things about it is the subtlety of the writing and the acting. Each character has many facets and I kept changing my opinion about who I liked and who I trusted.

Holly and the rest of the cast nail both the humor and the angst their characters experience. Grab a ticket and if you see it, let me know what you think in the comments!