Not much happens in Lost Lake, but you do get a chance to peek into the lives of two troubled people who come together one summer at a lakeside cabin that is in as bad shape as they are. You also get a chance to watch incredibly good acting.
A nurse from the city rents a cabin on a lake for her summer vacation with her children from a down-on-his-luck owner. She saw photos online and in the spring goes to see the cabin in person. The cabin is in dire need of repair, as is the dock on the lake. The owner promises that everything will be fixed and he will be moved out when she arrives in August. But upon her arrival, nothing has been done – in fact, now there’s no phone and no hot water. This has the makings of a vacation from hell. Yet there’s something that each of these people needs from the other and their individual histories are revealed as the layers of the proverbial onion are slowly pulled away.
John Hawkes is great as the downtrodden owner and Tracie Thoms is even better as the nurse whose life is seemingly together – until it’s not. If you are looking for an exciting play, this isn’t the one for you. But if you want to watch two highly skilled actors give masterful performances then see this before it closes. LAR
Manhattan Theater Club, 131 W 55th Street
Ticket prices: $90
Discounts: Theatermania $49 (http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/discount-tickets/lost-lake_303997/). May also find tickets for free through papering services.
Runs thru: December 21, 2014
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission