Michael Mckeever, Laura Turnbull
Michael Mckeever, Laura Turnbull


Distracted by Lisa LoomerDirected by Clive CholertonThrough May 16 at the Caldwell Theatre7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Call 561-241-7432, or click here.

There's a lot to distract you in Distracted, but what my mind keeps returning to is Tim Bennett's sparse set. Although the original script puts the action in California, this production is set in South Florida — in Weston or Coral Springs, it looks like. You've seen houses like Mom's and Dad's before: some architect's stab at faking an Italian villa on the cheap. In the peaceful, ordered 'burbs where the Everglades once dominated, the primeval swamp has been covered over with genetically engineered grass, and the chaos of the city stands far away. This is the America of the modern family, a paradise of artificiality and control. For years, children were the last natural or wild things in it. Clearly, something had to be done.

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