The Beautiful Child
In Springfield, Georgia, the struggle of hair and facial characteristics takes place in a local sports center. Evie, 2, has had her make up done, and now plays with her mother's iPhone while the curlers are doing their job for the hair to look right for the Tu Tu Glitz on Tour beauty pageant.
Evie, 2, kisses her father, who has just returned from his work in the local stone quarry in Birmingham, Alabama. Evies mother is always at home looking after the children.
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Evie, 2 years old, playing at the dinner table. Adger, Birmingham, Alabama. Her favourite things are the color pink and to be outside in the nature. Beauty pageantry is not a cheap hobby.
Many families are off almost every weekend to try and catch some prices - and at every venue, the admission fee is between and 1, dollars. Sophia, 2, does not talk much. When she gets mad, she hides behind the curtains in the corner of the living room.
Beaufort, South Carolina. Sophia, 2, has three older siblings, but she is always the one in the spotlight and is not often playing on her own. Two-year-old Sophia started doing pageants when she was one year old, and she has already won in so many pageants, that her mother can not remember the number.
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As an actor, he was magnificent in the brooding Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child several years ago; his direction of the Tony Award winning revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was similarly grim and menacing. As with those works, Kinney's production of Beautiful Child exposes the raw and passionate emotional undertones of the play.
The pacing is taut, easing only for necessary moments of comic relief or thoughtful reflection. Scenes that could easily slide into melodrama in a less competent director's hands are instead poignant and meaningful.
Kinney's job has been made easier thanks to a top-notch cast led by Grizzard and Fuller. Grizzard has the uncanny ability to convey volumes with a murmured word or dismissive gesture. Fuller is likewise masterful and her physical reaction to the revelation of Isaac's secret is breathtaking. Her back straightens, lips parting in horror.
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The tension embedded in the moment is almost unbearable, the silence deafening until Fuller breaks it with a whispered, "Oh, God. The technical elements of the production complement the play. Foremost among them is the sound design and original music of Obadiah Eaves; at times whimsical, at other moments eerie and ethereal, it sets the tone for several of the scenes.
The lighting design of David Lander emphasizes contrasts, with slow fades to black offset by sharp increases in brightness. Richard Hoover's tasteful set design and Michael Krass's costumes are also effective.
Despite its discomfiting subject matter, Beautiful Child is quite funny. Most of the humor is character-driven rather than easily tossed off one-liners. Silver also utilizes richly poetic language and fourth-wall-breaking asides to the audience. A bit of magical realism creeps in with the appearance of an important character in Nan's dreams and the physical manifestation of Isaac's childhood psychiatrist, who incongruously appears and interacts with the other characters.