Annie’s Story

Rated 3.0

Thistle Dew’s original production, Annie’s Story, has glimpses of promise—mostly the result of an outstanding performance by Carisssa Meagher in the leading role—but never quite transcends a binary world view. Written by local playwright Laura Sheperd, the play is identifiable as melodrama because the most egregious villain receives boos along with applause at the curtain call. Set in a mid-20th century small town, this is one woman’s story of experience and survival of abuse. Jeff Webster, as Annie’s grandfather Clint, does an excellent job, along with Katherine Gough (as Annie’s long-suffering grandmother) and Cynthia Drumbor (Annie’s in-your-face sister).
Thistle Dew Dessert Theater; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $24 admission includes dessert (reservations required). 1901 P Street, (916) 444-8209, Through November 3.