Photojournalist Hank (Michael O’Keefe) does manage to identify the source of his emotional distance from his daughter, Constance (Shannon Burkett), but exactly when and how he achieves the revelation is unclear. It may be that author Ryan means for the awareness to be the result of Hank’s having listened to the other characters analyze their own troubled relationships, but that is left to conjecture.
In Constance, Ryan has created a delightful character, full of wonder and passion, brought to life by Burkett (in her Off Broadway debut). O’Keefe plays the central role of Hank with a laid-back authority, and the leads are given solid support by Susan Floyd, as Hank’s young girlfriend, Erin, and Marilyn Chris, who makes the most of her role as Hank’s confidante, a lesbian who provides an interesting twist on the cliche of the leading lady’s gay male best friend. Also good in parts that have only a tenuous connection to the main plot are Saundra Santiago, as Hank’s boss, and Todd Gearhart, as a fellow journalist.