1992. The beginning. Rachel, the girl who will reemerge in variations throughout the Hill Town Plays, is about 11 and along with brother Billy lost in a violent, alcoholic home in Western Mass. An effective and frightening portrayal of what early imprints on kids can do. Raw, rocking soundtrack. Bleak.
Implausible, nonsensical non-drama. Kitchen sink realist trappings – but very little social context here is real. One hopes the repellent, rude geek portrayed by Eisenberg represents amazing acting – as opposed to autobiography. Despite the void of material to work with, Vanessa Redgrave is still magnificent in small Cherry Lane space.