REVIEW By Rannie McCants
In a quaint 60-seat theater in the heart of Midtown, the Southern Railroad Theatre Company took the audience on a much needed trip down to South Carolina in the summertime. Two old sorority sisters, Henri and Beth, gossip and tease each other like they might have done back in their college days, but it doesn’t take long for something to seem off.
Beth (Susan Jackson) has covered herself from head to toe with beach towels as she slathers sun lotion on barely exposed legs and hands. Jackson plays the overly timid character well, using shifty eyes and an authoritative tone to disguise the fear she’s been holding back.
Later, Beth reveals to her friend Henri (Diana Brown) that her cancer has returned. As Henri’s laughter subsides, she coldly tells her longtime friend that she cannot be there for her–not this time around.
I watched the women berate each other with nothing but contempt for the both of them. Beth being too whiny and Henri being too reckless; from beginning to end I sat thinking this is a pair of friends who deserve each other.
I can only hope that these characters draw up a little sympathy for one another and then maybe I wouldn’t feel as though I walked into the theater a moment too late.