Reason for Return

Full length. Gail's dress shop falls on hard times after a tragedy in the community. She and her daughter Abby try to deal with the repercussions but things spiral downward and come to a head when Gail discovers that Abby may have unwittingly caused it all.

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    30 Dec. 2020
    This piece takes the huge and all too relevant topic of gun violence and explores it in an intimate fashion through the lens of the event's impact on a family and their small business. The relationship between Gail and Abby is really the star here, and it is displayed with humor, warmth, pathos, and nuance. In looking at this tight constellation of people, Cathro comprehensively examines the fear, anger, confusion, and destabilization in the wake of this terrible tragedy.
  • Ben Braun:
    14 Apr. 2019
    Framing an unfortunately common-place tragedy like gun violence through the lens of a small, family-owned business and the effect of such an event on the family's ability to survive after it, Cathro has created a very timely and frightening piece of theater that tackles it's subject without becoming didactic or patronizing. I recommend it for production without reservation.
  • Zack Peercy:
    13 Apr. 2019
    This play is defined one of it's first images: a tea kettle slowly boiling to a scream.
    In the aftermath of a school shooting, protagonists Abby and Gail begin to boil as their respective reputation and livelihood are thrown into disarray. Cathro draws you in slowly, pacing a timely and realistic family drama, but there's something more that's bubbling: a social commentary on normalized violence, the lasting effects of trauma, and the complexities of intimacy. All blend together and develop into a poignant steam that screams through the kettle of this play.
    This show demands production.

Development History

  • Reading
    Keegan Theatre Boiler Room Reading Series, Washington DC
  • Reading
    Maryland Ensemble Theatre MetLab Reading Series

Production History

  • Professional
    PREMIERE, 3 Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, IL