Review of “Homestead Crossing” at the Unicorn Theatre of the Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]
Homestead Crossing is a perfectly charming little play from playwright William Donnelly who also wrote last year’s popular No Wake. A “world premiere,” it is a co-production between the Berkshire Theatre Group, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre of Lowell, MA where it runs from September 6 to 30, and the Portland Stage Company in Portland, ME, with dates from October 30 to November 18.
The gorgeous set by Portland Stage’s artistic director Anita Stewart is both simple and functional; it will travel to all three venues over the course of the next few months. The house, located at the end of a cul de sac, is in the midst of endless rain, and the old gopherwood reference to Noah’s Ark finds itself recycled several times during the evening.
Homestead Crossing is perfect for upscale theatre audiences since it reflects their lives as they age in relative comfortable isolation. But for the less well off, and intellectually curious, it could be taken as an indictment of getting a little too used to their isolated existence.