Amy, the protagonist in If You Don’t Weaken, feels compelled to find a way to mourn her grandfather. She has a small struggling business and her best friend, Caron is a disillusioned pole dancer. Jenna Zark’s new play directed by Ariel Leaf now plays at Nimbus Theatre as a Freshwater Theatre production.
Amy has questions about her grandfather’s soul after death and goes to explore that at an Orthodox synagogue. She hopes to learn what ritual she might use to mourn him and speak Judaism’s kaddish prayer. In Zark’s play, Orthodox Judaism clearly contrasts the very secular realm that Amy inhabits where adult entertainment is a major factor.
Rebecca Gebhart’s charming portrayal of Amy drives the energy. Tara Lucchino gives a solid performance as Caron. Unfortunately, Zark doesn’t develop the single scene between Caron and Amy that broadly hints at same sex attraction. It seems like an afterthought.
The performance is 90 minutes without intermission. This is a habit that too many small theaters are subjecting audiences to. Long term sitting for some persons with disabilities and many senior citizens can be very uncomfortable.
If You Don’t Weaken
in repertory with The Recollection Collection
Through Apr. 12
Nimbus Theatre, 1517 Central Av. NE, Mpls.