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Primary Stages Presents "Him" by Daisy Foote at 59E59 Theaters

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Primary Stages Presents:

By Daisy Foote
Directed by Evan Yionoulis

Primary Stages
59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street

Hallie Foote, Tim Hopper, Adam LeFevre, Adina Verson

Set Design: Marion Williams
Lighting Design: Tyler Micoleau
Costume Design: Teresa Snider-Stein
Original Music and Sound Design: Broken Chord
Prop Master: Susan Barras
Production Stage Manager: Marisa Levy
Production Supervisor: PRF Productions
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting
Associate Artistic Director: Michelle Bossy
Press: Keith Sherman & Associates
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 25, 2012

A father is recently dead, but his voice is newly resonant in reams of daily journals that are evocative of Thoreau. In Tremont, New Hampshire, 2003-2005, three siblings huddle in a dilapidated frame house like human road kill. Hallie Foote is Pauline, the family boss and scold, who keeps people washed, fed, and housed, while working in their general store. Pauline is childless and single. Her brother Henry (Tim Hopper) spends wasteful time eliciting attention from a man in town. Their other brother Farley (Adam LeFevre) is mentally challenged, but he, alone, has the human warmth and generosity to woo the neighbor’s girl, Louise (Adina Verson), who’s equally challenged. The voice of “him”, the deceased father, is narrated inside segments that shift in lighting and sound. The father loved the property, the sight of stars and moon, standing on a boulder, the change in seasons, the leaves, the animals. Pauline, however, wants more. She wants to walk into town and be respected, be spoken to with kindness, be invited into homes. She feels abandoned and shameful.

When word on the will comes to Pauline, she and Henry bitterly feud about potential property development that would give them high income from rows of new houses and businesses. Pauline itches for this life-changing opportunity, while Henry falls deeper into passivity, fantasizing about his imminent loss of bucolic bliss. Meanwhile, Farley has impregnated Louise, and a baby is on the way. Mr. LeFevre plays Farley with critical poignancy, hand gestures, facial tics, and general confusion. Adina Verson, as Louise, a minor character, is sorrowful and touching, unable to comprehend her circumstances. When the baby arrives, it’s Pauline who has won it all, as now she will raise this child in her own likeness, never bothering with the messiness of a man. Farley and Henry will join the bandwagon of solvency and stature. In fact, it’s Henry who remarks on receiving a new level of greeting in town, once word spread of the siblings’ sudden wealth. The loser, it seems, was the father, who was riveted to idyllic woodlands, but never to bruised children. The fate of the father’s journals was the cathartic catalyst for change.

Evan Yionoulis directed for credible and natural personas. He took characters in and out of the action, when they took time to narrate the journals. Marion Williams’ set exuded simplicity and need. Playwright, Daisy Foote, is Hallie Foote’s sister and Horton Foote’s daughter. Mr. Foote’s oeuvres speak for themselves, and it appears that Daisy has a bright future, as well, in the creation of thought-provoking and satisfying plays.

Hallie Foote and Tim Hopper
in Daisy Foote's "Him" at Primary Stages
Courtesy of James Leynse

Adina Verson and Adam LeFevre
in Daisy Foote's "Him" at Primary Stages
Courtesy of James Leynse

For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at