Meaghan Sullivan-Willis plays his wife Lanie—a teacher who hasn’t been working lately. She spends much of her time observing the local birds and communing with her husband by sitting in a now vacant room that used to be his office. Sullivan-Willis’ portrayal of her character is very compelling, but there’s a sense of emotional detachment in parts of her performance that makes it difficult to relate to her. When speaking about the politics of her situation and the specifics of her interactions with the State Department, there is a kind of cold bitterness. This effectively delivers some of the character’s pain, but the emotional distance from nearly everyone onstage extends a bit uncomfortably into the audience, making it difficult to feel for her.
two other people in Lanie’s life are a reporter and an official from the State
Department. Tom Bruno plays the reporter with the kind of passion needed to
portray a journalist trying to squeeze a story out of a woman reluctant to
talk. The character’s underlying motivations, however, aren’t defined enough in
the script to give Bruno much to work with. Jacque Troy delivers a standout
performance as Lanie’s contact with the State Department.