In «Find Me Here,» the sisters grapple with a father’s will and his legacy

In «Find Me Here,» the sisters grapple with a father’s will and his legacy
In «Find Me Here,» the sisters grapple with a father’s will and his legacy

Weddings, anniversaries, holidays – the family reunion is a dramatic gift that keeps on giving both on screen and stage. Crystal Finn’s new play, “Find Me Here,” at the Wild Project, falls into a subcategory of the funeral subgenre: the opening of a will. In this case, a patriarch’s last wishes are discovered by his three daughters and their families. Truths and conflicts emerge cautiously, almost tentatively, because Finn is less interested in confrontation than in gentle nudges and nudges.

Unfortunately, “Find Me Here,” the third and final installment of Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks 2024, isn’t willing to commit to any specifics. The cast, however, which includes Constance Shulman, Miriam Silverman and Frank Wood, is so good that the production feels like the theatrical equivalent of handing the keys to a budget sedan to a Formula One driver. The actors are skilled, but the vehicle can only do so much.

The story revolves around sisters Nancy (Lizbeth Mackay), Dee-Dee (Shulman) and Deborah (Kathleen Tolan), whose ages range from 60 to 70. Deborah is her oldest and she has spent the last 30 years on an island, where she followed a guru. Tolan gives her the blissful look of someone who can see a light invisible to others, which contrasts nicely with the acerbic Dee-Dee and the stressed-out Nancy.

The most important revelation in the will is that Deborah was left nothing, to which she shrugs. When Nancy tells Deborah that their father loved her, Dee-Dee says, «Well, that’s… we just don’t know… she loved him, Deborah.»