Lisa D'Amour's Cherokee is receiving its world premiere at the Wilma, and under Anne Kauffman's direction, it's an impressive production: a terrific cast and an eye-popping set (designed by Mimi Lien).
But this new script, D'Amour's first play after her big hit Detroit, still needs work. It is crammed with awkward exposition about the five characters' backgrounds and seems to lose its sense of humor without warning.
Like Detroit, this play involves two couples, one young, one middle-aged: John (David Ingram) and his wife (Marcia Saunders) are trying to escape their run of bad luck: He has been fired from his job as vice president of an oil company and is recovering from prostate cancer. The younger couple (Ashley Everage and Kevin Jackson) are newly married and hoping to start a family.