The House of Yes

Photo by Summer Olsson

Anna Baragiola and Jonathan Cahill in “The House of Yes.”

We conceal what we most love and fear. These mysteries build to a crescendo, sometimes devastating, sometimes liberating, but all the while, they remain buried into the deep recesses of our consciousness, only to be discovered by those who we hold most dear.

The House of Yes is a dark comedy, exploring how lethal suppression can be. It is at times hilarious, and others, tragic, as wounds so deep can rarely be healed. The premise is simple, a gathering at Thanksgiving. A reunion of sorts. The setting is as well: a wealthy suburb of Washington D.C. And there is a hurricane.

We meet Jackie O (a magnetic Anna Baragiola) a vibrant, energetic young woman, her jaded mother Mrs. Pascal (Michelle Simek) and younger and naïve sibling Anthony (Luke McDonough) as they prepare for the arrival of Marty (Jonathan Cahill), Jackie O’s twin brother. This is no ordinary family. Jackie O suffers from mental breakdowns. Her mother denies it, Anthony hides it.

Marty’s appearance with fiancé Lesly (Gentry Roth) throws a curve ball. The pleasantries are soon disregarded as old passions are reignited and new ones found.

The script by Wendy MacLeod is witty, but the humor hides pain as each character masks their true selves. Except Lesly. She is the normalcy that the others are so hungry for.

Director Summer Olson is magnificent by allowing the cast to express their character’s intent. The pacing and rhythm are measured, yet lively. It is most entertaining. Its true strength is the casting. Magnificent. Secrets only appear to be asleep. Highly recommended.

The House of Yes runs through June 30 at Studio/Stage located at 520 N. Western Ave. in Los Angeles. For tickets email houseofyesla@gmail.com or visit http://on.fb.me/166xMcL.

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