Opposite Vargo is Maria Rogers, playing Rose, a young woman who is almost a recluse, working at an obscure, menial job; living in her tiny studio with a few dead houseplants; and focusing her life on details in the way that a shy person with a limited world view often does. Rogers does well with this sort of character—she recently played Masha, the young woman always dressed in black, “in mourning for my life,” in Chekhov’s The Seagull.
These two aren’t a likely pair—Cliff’s basically looking for a one-night stand. And the doubts that are interwoven in the dialogue are literally embodied in the very dim lighting on the Thistle Dew stage—there are lots of shadows falling across the actors’ faces. Director Chandra Ashton handles the initial tension and gradual negotiation between Cliff and Rose successfully.—