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Learning about Fathers and Sons

Neptune Theatre's latest beautifully explores emotions in a visually arresting, 90-minute slice of life.

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The Neptune studio production of Don Hannah's Fathers and Sons begins with actor John Fitzgerald Jay as a giant, slightly creepy baby gurgling in his playpen while is father Hilt (played by Theo Pitsiavas) talks about his longing to be close to his son. Hilt wants to experience the happy home life he missed out on growing up with his abusive father and manipulative mother. It's a touching scene, and it rings true to life, just as the rest of the play does. The presentation is stylized---four scenes tracing the son's growth from beloved baby to snarly, hormone-driven teen and finally to a man struggling to be a good father to his child and child to his father---but the emotions explored will be familiar to sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. Beautifully acted and visually arresting, this is a 90-minute slice of life that will touch most everyone.

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