The Distance from Here
The Distance involves a single mother; her beer-drinking, grease-monkey boyfriend; her moody teenage son; and her son’s circle of high-school friends. This sort of thing is playwright-filmmaker LaBute’s forte, and he makes it compelling. He creates everyday situations featuring ordinary characters, who are nonetheless capable of extraordinary cruelty or equally damning inaction or neglect.
D’Juan gradually develops tension out of what initially seem like random scenes. He gets very strong performances from Galen Howard, Beth Edwards (who was nearly flawless in The Actor’s Theatre’s previous production of LaBute’s Bash) and Michael Claudio (who continues to impress and show versatility).
Some supporting performances fall into the “good student effort” category. That’s an honorable and affectionate description, since several actors are clearly on the young side.