Set in San Francisco on the eve of the earthquake of 1989, SIN is a contemporary morality play featuring "Avery Bly on High," a helicopter traffic reporter who is trying to keep herself above life's messiness. Avery says, "From the sky, the world is perfect," but on the ground she is surrounded by people who are less than perfect. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband is a charming alcoholic, her roommate is a glutton, she's trapped daily in a helicopter with an envious coworker, and her blind dates are disasters. It takes her dying brother to make her see that pride is the deadliest of sins, and it takes an Act of God to bring her back down to Earth.
Originally produced in Chicago and vividly rendered on the New York stage, SIN's main character, Avery, seems, like an Ibsen hero, condemned to a life of ostracism, as she goes through her life throwing the truth in everyone's face, whether they like it or not. "Macleod's quick mind and sharp tongue…create scene after scene of biting humor and sharp insight…devilishly funny." —The Chicago Trubune. "At a time when Greed and Sloth have brought moral death to Broadway, this original work could properly be renamed VIRTUE." —Wall Street Journal. "One of the most beguiling premieres to come out of the Goodman Studio…SIN beguiles audiences with a compelling blend of humor and pathos…" —Chicago Daily Herald.