‘Through the Eye of a Needle’ is poignant take on challenging issues

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A moving and entertaining dramedy about finding hope when all seems lost, Through the Eye of a Needle features impressive acting and staging in a story of survival and redemption. Is love accepting, or does it demand certain actions or payments in return?

While the Keen family struggles over the recent loss of their daughter in the Iraq War, an unexpected Iraqi refugee (Erica Mathlin) offers a unique “gift” on Christmas Eve. Will it draw them together or pull them apart?

Writer Jami Brandli’s story takes unexpected twists and turns in a compelling way, but attempts to cover too many challenging topics.

Director Ann Hearn brings an understated, powerful touch to proceedings, lightening tense situations with comic flair, with fine pacing accentuating emotional buttons.

Acting is first-rate, from the subtle suffering of parents Barbara (Meeghan Holaway) and Larry (David Gianopoulos) to the humorous antics of Pastor Bill (Chet Grissom) and wife Shirley (Stephanie Erb), revealing character through subtle actions and motivations or the lack thereof.

Through the Eye of a Needle provides a provoking, thoughtful look at the coping skills of a struggling family, finding solace in the most unexpected ways.

The Road Theatre Company presents “Through the Eye of a Needle” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through Sunday, May 13 at The Road Theatre on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $34, $15 for students and seniors. Call (818) 761-8838 or visit RoadTheatre.org.

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