Review: “The Blue Deep” with Blythe Danner at Williamstown Theatre Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Heather Lind as Lila (l) and Blythe Danner as Grace (r) have a mother daughter talk in The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle at the Williamstown Theatre Festival June 27-July 8. (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Heather Lind as Lila (l) and Blythe Danner as Grace (r) have a mother daughter talk in The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle at the Williamstown Theatre Festival June 27-July 8. (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

That The Blue Deep is a family affair, offstage and on, goes without saying. The actors at the Williamstown Theatre Festival have worked together here over the decades, some of them grew up as children spending summers in Williamstown, strutting the WTF stage as adults, the second generations of WTF theatrical families.

In the new play The Blue Deep, the family is also key, the mother greeting the daughter with criticism, as they pick up conversations where they left off months ago – and all the endless bickering that implies. Alternately interesting and annoying to each other, they can be insufferable in real life, yet ever so entertaining on stage when played by actors who add color to their monochrome lives.

The Blue Deep revolves around a daughter, a directionless 26-year old woman named Lila Miller (Heather Lind), and her perpetually in-motion mother, Grace (Blythe Danner). The two share a painful history that, while threatening to drive them permenantly apart, ultimately becomes the only possible path to a reconnection. By staying constantly busy Grace has found a way to avoid the unpleasant reality of her departed husband.

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