Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is a charming, naturalistic family drama. It has no agenda, no big ideas, just an excellent cast portraying characters who feel like family - which is saying quite a lot. It is exactly the kind of play that gets nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama (as it did this year), and exactly the kind of play the Philadelphia Theatre Company favors. Mary B. Robinson directs with a light, affectionate touch.
In the middle of the night, Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely, looking like a young Mark Ruffalo) shows up with his bicycle at his grandmother's New York apartment, having pedaled across the country. Vera (Beth Dixon, who does feisty decrepit elegantly) is startled, of course, but this is an old lady who knows how to go with the flow. Their evolving relationship over the course of three weeks, punctuated by the occasional girlfriend (Shannon Marie Sullivan) and the occasional pickup (Leigha Kato doing a hilarious turn as a rich, drunk Chinese freak), is the play.