“Log Cabin” by Jordan Harrison is a play about three gay couples that takes place in Brooklyn N.Y. from the time period between 2012 and 2017. Harrison picks up on each year as to what has changed in the news, our environment and how these six people have changed in the short course of there lives. It is a story about Ezra (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and his lover Chris (Philip James Brannon), who we first meet at there apartment, they are discussing the AIDS virus when it first hit back in 1982. They talk about the devastation the disease caused and it’s trauma to the gay community. We then meet the two other central characters, Pam (Cindy Cheung) and her lover Jules (Dolly Wells), the four banter about family, parents, growing up and it has a lot of humor to it. Harrison takes us around the horn with emotion that these four face with both there sexuality and how the world perceives gays. Harrison in his writing does something brilliant, he constantly throws enough at the audience but not to much, he makes us think about what is happening here, he forces us to make our own conclusions, he gives us plenty of lee way to have an emotional opinion, not his. Ezra hates politically correct, he hates liberalism towards gays. He talks about when he went to the prom with with Henry who was a girl then, know a trans sexual who hate SIS girls. In 2013 we hear about Ru Paul and jokes about the Limelight Disco. The planning of a baby by Pam and Jules and Ezra as the sperm donor and Henry to carry the baby. As the years go on, we see the problems that they all face, Myna’s opinion of the five of them collectively and her resentment toward them. We see the relationship problems with each of them, yet Harrison let’s us be the judge, no one else
Harrison pays careful attention towards what happens between the years, in 2013 he talks about issues that affect the gay community, all the while poking fun at it. He is not uptight about discussing the issues and does not take a side. I found the transgender people not getting along with lesbians as a whole very informative. The whole SIS issue was completely new to me, I never heard of it till yesterday. He broached the subject of having children and the problems it presents. We see two young babies talking like adults which was very funny and enlightening as to what it will be like to grow up with homosexual parents.
The thing that stands out most about “Log Cabin is the set design, the apartment coupled by the rotation stage of the babies bedroom is exquisite. Allen Moyer designed a really great up beat, up tempo set. The lighting and music made this a fun show to watch. It all flows bueatifully and Pam Mac Kinnon brings the whole show to completion with her great direction.
The acting is all very good in this play, Ferguson and Cheung were stand outs, however. Both actors were perfect in their timing and delivery. Both actors glided through this play and were the stallworths that kept the play both alive and interesting.
Playwrights Horizon has put together another great season of shows,perhaps my favorite off Broadway venue, I have been seeing shows here since 1980. Playwrights has put some of the best works on consistently over the years and has had some of the greatest start up actors ever to perform. It has consistently given new writers and actors a chance to either perform, or artists to produce there works here.
“Log Cabin is another example of the quality that has become to be expected from Playwrights , solid, quality and entertaining.