March 13, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, LaborPress Entertainment Editor
New York, NY- Blackbird stars Jeff Daniels and Michele Williams and was written by David Harrower. Joe Mantello Directed this play which transferred from off Broadway. This is an intense and disturbing drama concerning Una (Michelle Williams) who at twelve years old meets a forty year old aged man Ray (Jeff Daniels) with whom she had a sexual relationship fifteen years earlier. Ray is arrested and jailed. Ray starts a new life with an assumed identity. Una sees his picture in a magazine and tracks him down to his work site. Ray brings her into an employee break room
where they engage in an emotional discourse. This 80 minute show takes us on a roller coaster ride as it explores the psychological and emotional damage as they relive the pain which brought Una and Ray to this encounter. The interchange between Ms. Williams and Mr Daniels is raw and dramatic. The interplay between the actors gives us terrific performances which not only drains them of emotions but also has he audience on the edge of their chairs. Joe Mantello direction results in a hyper intense show which by the conclusion of the play both actors are visibly drained. This is classic acting which is what one expects of Broadway.