Even the most open-minded are still prisoners to our abilities and inclinations. In Profiles’ latest, Annie Baker’s script examines the theory that our tolerance is only an extension of our comfort levels.
Joyce (Barb Stasiw) and Phyllis (Cheryl Graeff) welcome a visiting artist (Joe Jahraus) into their home during Body Awareness Week, Phyllis’ dry-as-dust artistic paean to physicality. The artist, a photographer who specializes in female nudes, brings controversy and twinges of longing to the couple and their interpersonally clueless son (Eric Burgher).
The ensemble captures the folly of reasoning and knowledge in the face of a craving for connection. Stasiw shows her character’s need for something beyond logic; Graeff’s Phyllis is a more-than-willing hostage to the political fiefdoms of academia. But the show’s standout is Burgher, who careens between monotone Rain Man and raging threat at the drop of a hat. Each is brittle, lonely and searching for a way into themselves. (Lisa Buscani)
At Profiles Theatre, 4147 North Broadway, (773)549-1815, through June 6.