Jesse is a videogame-playing rocket of a kid. But when Jesse’s exuberance disrupts his class and is followed by an ADHD diagnosis, his parents face a bewildering array of bad options. Drugs? Behavior modification? Unappetizing diet changes? Nothing seems to work.
Lisa Loomer’s meta-theatrical script captures the conundrum of modern parents living in a technologically advanced society at hyper speed. Donna Jay Fulks is appealing as the mother with the best intentions but no clue; Kevin Rich’s in-denial father is heartbreaking as he tries to protect and help his child. The multi-cast ensemble shines; Alan Wilder’s many “expert” roles are frustrating and amusing; OCD neighbor Dina Facklis steals the scene every time she steps onstage.
Andre LaSalle’s flat-screen-dominated set utilizes Mike Tutaj’s video design to effectively enhance the environment and narrate the story. P.J. Paparelli’s direction maintains the impossible pacing of a family we can all identify with. (Lisa Buscani)
At American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, (773)409-4125, through February 28.