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Review: Moore's 'Collapse' is a trenchant comedy

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013

Their problems are complicated by the unwanted arrival of Hannah's ne'er-do-well sister, Susan, who unexpectedly drops in from California with luggage and vague plans to stay with them indefinitely. Nadia Bowers is often hilarious as the narcissistic Susan, whose shifty means of procuring a free plane ride to Minneapolis will soon spell trouble for her sister and brother-in-law. Bowers spouts Susan's kooky, New Age-y convictions with ditzy aplomb, as when Susan justifies her invasion of her sister's home by calmly stating, "I'm opening myself up to the universal flow."

When Hannah meets up with a smooth-talking sex addiction counselor (a sly, polished performance by Maurice McRae) the farce level is ramped up considerably. The impressive skeletal bridge infrastructure that overhangs the stage finally sees some action, as Lee Savage's clever scenery design is utilized in a pivotal moment for David and Hannah.

Moore's characters come alive as real people despite the absurdist situations and coincidences that bring the plot threads to a mindful conclusion. "Collapse" is a fine examination of the many ways that economic disaster can impact real people just trying to live their lives.