Braden Lubell’s newest effort for SiNNERMAN Ensemble extensively explores the breadth and depth of longing; it’s an affable, poignant piece that doesn’t seem to know where it’s going. The show has the right proportion of laughs to love, but Lubell seems hesitant to choose a main thread and build from that.
The performances are uniformly engaging. Douglas Tyler’s journalist and Ebony Wimbs’ art gallery owner share a heartbreaking struggle to get on the same page sexually. Shane Kenyon’s Ira Glass-like mensch and Sue Redman’s principled artist/secretary are awkward yet appealing. Brian Kavanaugh’s deliciously despicable lawyer has an over-the-top cruelty; Arianne Ellison’s loving, flakey wife travels a tragic arc from cuckolded spouse to a woman with all the cards. They’re the couple with the most to lose; they’re the most interesting. It’s a cast you want to root for, but at two hours and forty-five minutes, that’s a lot of rooting. (Lisa Buscani)
SiNNERMAN Ensemble at the Viaduct Theatre, 3111 N. Western, (773)296-6024. Through May 22.