Unwrapping the Unexpected
 

Unwrapping the Unexpected

Pomfret School Theater presents Reckless.


In holiday narratives, Christmastime is often portrayed as a beacon of joy and togetherness. In Craig Lucas’s dark comedy Reckless, however, the stage is set for a different kind of yuletide tale filled with unexpected twists and unconventional characters. This spring, the Pomfret School Theater bravely embraced the challenge of bringing Lucas’s unpredictable and unsettling narrative to life.

Rachel (played by Rhys Price ’24) is taken in by Lloyd, played by Nathan Kikonyogo ’25.

In the show, Rachel, played by Rhys Price ’24, is a perpetually cheerful Christmas fanatic who has her world turned upside down when she learns that her husband, played by Lucas Lu ’26, has hired a hitman to kill her. On the run for her life, she meets and is taken in by Lloyd, played by Nathan Kikonyogo ’25, who has some trouble of his own. He made a new life for himself, hiding from his obligation to pay alimony and living with a deaf paraplegic named Pooty, played by Aaron Majewski ’25 — who, of course, has some secrets of her own. The show follows Rachel through each Christmas as her life takes on new twists and turns, including starring on a game show, reuniting with her estranged husband, traveling across the country, and being seen by a series of unhelpful therapists.

“There is a lot of ambiguity in the play — as there is in real life — and the viewer has to sort out all of the details and make some judgments,” explains Theater Director Chip Lamb. “The idea of being unfamiliar resonates with this story, and art should be unfamiliar and unexpected.”

In a theatrical landscape often dominated by conventional narratives, Reckless is a bold exploration of the unconventional — a testament to the power of art to challenge, provoke, and ultimately enlighten.

The cast and crew of Reckless.

The cast delivered a riveting performance, capturing the essence of Lucas’s dark comedy with nuance and finesse. Their portrayal served as a poignant reminder that amidst life’s unpredictability and darkness, moments of kindness, beauty, and love exist.

 

See more pictures from the play.

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