The audience sits at tables around the room, except for two tables in the middle. These two tables and all the space in the room are used by the actors. It’s an immersive experience that feels like you are eavesdropping on the hiking group’s conversation. We soon learn that Elliot and his friend Roy are hiking the Appalachian Trail. It was Elliot’s father’s final wish that his ashes be scattered on the trail. Roy wants to spend a night at the lodge they have stumbled upon as a break from sleeping on the cold ground in the snow. Elliot dismisses him and acts like a jerk insisting they continue on. Then, Alexis (Elliot’s half-sister) and her boyfriend Jack arrive. Elliot is pissed and accuses them of stalking him. Elliot doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities.
The play’s characters don’t meld together very well. Some of them are very serious and make the play dramatic. Others are goofy and make the play a light hearted comedy. It switches back and forth too often. Thus, neither the drama nor the comedy gets very deep. Everything is just surface level. The New Colony had some really excellent productions this year, but this is not one of them. Even Longer and Farther Away runs through May 15th at the Den Theatre.