Acting boosts revised Edward Albee classic 'At Home at the Zoo'...

Review

Acting boosts revised Edward Albee classic 'At Home at the Zoo'...

May 2 2009
Jan Sjostrom | Palm Beach Daily News

Edward Albee was 31 in 1959 when his one-act, break-through drama The Zoo Story premiered. Forty-four years later, a far more mature Albee revisited the play, adding a first act that fleshes out Zoo Story's Peter and sets the stage for the play's violent climax. Now titled At Home at the Zoo, the two-act play is being performed for the first time in Florida at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. Under Producing Artistic Director William Hayes's masterful direction, the show builds in intensity line by line, until ripping your eyes away from the stage would be like failing to breathe. Act one introduces us to Ann, Peter's wife, portrayed with the clarity of etched glass by Margery Lowe. The tightly wrapped Peter, played with quiet conviction by Christopher Swan... Peter brings the baggage of this conversation into his encounter with Jerry in act two. ...Todd Allen Durkin gives what could be the most brilliant performance of his career as Jerry, who despite his demons has more soul than Peter ever will. Dramaworks has a track record of superior productions of Albee plays. This one, like the rest, is not to be missed by those who like their theater hot and provocative.