The Great God Pan

Cinnabar Arts
Runs in Petaluma through October 28, 2018

L-R: Nick Sholley, Aaron Wilton. Photo by Victoria Von Thal.

Jamie seems to have it all—a beautiful girlfriend, a promising career in journalism, a comfortable, stylish life—until he’s contacted by a childhood friend he hasn’t seen in 25 years, who shares unsettling news. Frank has decided to prosecute his father for the sexual abuse inflicted on him as a child—disturbing enough, but he also wonders if Jamie can corroborate his story. Thus begins the timely and compelling play by Amy Herzog, currently being given a sensitive and stunning production at Cinnabar Theater.

Jamie (Aaron Wilton) reels from this meeting with Frank (Nick Sholley), and returns home to his girlfriend of six years, Paige (Taylor Diffenderfer), to share the encounter. What can he say about Frank’s revelation when he remembers absolutely nothing other than a few random snippets, including recollections of their old babysitter Polly (Kate Brickley). Like faded snapshots with no names on the back, these random images don’t add up to much for Jamie, but something impels him forward, something urges him on in a quest to connect the dots, to … what? Be sure? Remember something he doesn’t remember? Recall history for certain? Is it even possible?

Herzog weaves two-person scenes over 85 minutes into an intriguing inquiry into the vagaries of memory, but more so into the ripple effect of childhood sexual abuse, in the victim’s life and adult world. …

To continue reading about this production, see the full review at Talkin’Broadway:
The Great God Pan