As anyone who’s ever sold a house can tell you, it’s difficult to navigate the deliberately Byzantine language of real-estate law. It’s even harder when there’s an interloper still living on the property after its paying resident has died — an interloper with a fractured past to the very woman who now desires to sell the house. That’s what happens to Dani, one of the protagonists of Allison Gregory’s thorny comedy Uncertain Terms, whose desire to sell her mother’s estate is complicated by the presence of its obstinate boarder: her ex-husband Harry. Old wounds reopen as they do in so many great plays; according to Lou Tyrrell, who is directing the play’s world premiere for the Theatre at Arts Garage, Uncertain Terms “will take its place among the most memorable plays about the functions and dysfunctions of family.” For Gregory, the story’s relationships evolved as she was writing it. “It was really fun and liberating and frustrating and challenging, because I really didn’t know where I was going with it,” she recalls. “One character changed from 13 years old to a 30-year-old… It was a lesson in riding the wild tiger.”
Uncertain Terms runs from Friday to March 29 at Arts Garage, located at 180 NE First St. in Delray Beach. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays to Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $30 to $45. Call 561-450-6357, or visit artsgarage.org.
Fri., March 6, 2015