Strange games are afoot upstairs at Plays and Players. Not light or fun games, either—we’re talking full-on Don’t-talk-about-our-son-
The other half center around characters who could call the Island of Misfit Toys home. Even though these characters are purposely rough and unfinished, the actors spring to life when inhabiting them—they are a joy to watch. In fact, the dreamy logic of this half frees the show to communicate character and motivation far more effectively than the other half, which eventually winds its characters into such high (and loud!) dudgeon that it’s hard to stay emotionally connected to them. When everything settles down, though, and all the pieces have clicked into place, what you’re left to discover is something sad and beautiful—the dull ache left by something very important which you long ago forgot you’d lost. [Upstairs at Plays and Players] November 6-10, 2013. murmurationtheater.wix.com, Tickets.