4/25/2013 7:59 PM
Raising children as a single parent is no small feat; and if one’s financial resources are depleted, the strain can become unbearable. Vincent, an African-American lawyer, is caught between two single mothers—his own, Rita; and his newest client, Evelyn Laverty, who is charged with murdering her newborn son. In Kathryn Grant’s play, THE GOOD COUNSELOR, motherhood is put on trial in a tense drama that explores the quality of parenting, and the line each parent must walk to meet the obligations to their families and to themselves. Vincent must get the tight-lipped Evelyn to explain what became of her son before he was discovered abandoned and suffocated in the bean field just beyond her property. In order to win his client’s trust, Vincent must confront the demons of his past, including his crack-addicted older brother Ray, and his Bible-wielding mother. By confronting his family history, Vincent begins to ponder if a woman like Evelyn, who has been demonized by the public, is very different from his own mother? Grant humanizes each character with vivid detail and back-story, bringing empathy to even the most unlikable of people. Furthermore, her fluid maneuvering between the two storylines creates a nail-biter of a play, which will leave audiences rapt until the lights finally fade. Not only does Grant test the moral compass of her audience, but she brings viewers to the edge of their seats, and holds them there for the duration of her pulsating drama.