In bringing Gabby’s transformation to life, Shelton lends a wonderful honesty to the character’s emotional range, filling the spaces with many fine details. She’s always on the money when handling crucial but delicate moments, as when Gabby discovers that the idealistic Nicole has given her father’s clothes, which the mother had been carefully preserving for 20 years, to a homeless shelter.
As Nicole, Sedgwick personifies the grown-up version of the child Gabby describes as possessing an overly fertile imagination and a despotic nature. She manages the difficult task of maintaining our affections while she makes manic demands of Gabby and everyone else she encounters.
Also noteworthy are the performances of Tim Michael and Nancy Jo Carpenter in a variety of roles. Director Chris Smith maintains the delicate balance between the play’s humor and its sadness. His creative staging includes scenes of an apartment break-in that proceeds through a dark basement to a narrow ledge several stories above ground.
The production’s overall quality is maintained in the tech credits: Tony Walton’s set design, Sharon Sprague’s costumes, Michael Lincoln’s lighting and Randy Freed’s sound.