Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men
are victims of bigotry and persecution, and life is treated callously.
Lennie and George’s friendship, built on
familiarity and kindness, is sadly trampled by an uncaring world, quick
to judge and destroy. This is a deeply moving production.
The play’s title, a distillation of its
evolution of emotion and circumstance, is a lyric from an obscure Rock
tune, and it’s an apt précis of the story’s arc. The script could easily
have descended into a soap opera-like drama or a silly comedy, but it
does not. Gionfriddo is a masterful writer of witty, provocative
dialogue, and her characters are painfully real.