Lettie was just released from prison after seven years. She moves into a halfway house and she is looking forward to reconnecting with her kids. They have been living with her sister and brother-in-law. Lettie’s 14 year old daughter is happy to have her back in her life. In a sharp contrast, her 17 year old son isn’t so quick to forgive her past.
The play draws some strong reactions from the audience. There are a lot of gasps and sighs. Also, there is a lot of laughter. It’s a great mix of drama and comedy. Also, Lettie talks about having to check the “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?” checkbox. In Illinois, it is illegal to have this on an application (Ban the Box).
Caroline Neff (You Got Older, Linda Vista, and more at Steppenwolf) is absolutely outstanding as Lettie. She is on stage for almost the entire show and she so fully becomes her character. You can see her struggle to get her life back together while still trying to keep a sense of humor about things. Matt Farabee is also a standout as Lettie’s son. He clearly portrays the pain that she has caused him and thus his reluctance to accept her return. Charin Alvarez is fantastic as Lettie’s friend at the halfway house. She is so funny and also a strong voice of reason.
Get tickets now for Lettie through May 6th!