I can't give it as long a review as I'd like, partially because of computer problems, but I give high marks to Jane Anderson's play "Quality of Life," as presented at San Francisco's ACT with a stellar cast. JoBeth Williams and Laurie Metcalf were superb, as were the two actors, Dennis Boutsikaris (who without his beard, which is how I'd remembered him in past roles, looks almost disturbingly like Robert Carlyle except with a NY accent) and Steven Culp.
So many aspects of the play hit home for me: the Northern California setting, the threat and loss from fire, the culture clash (between Midwest and California), dealing with a loved one terminal from cancer. So it's possible I was moved by it even more than many, but it's an empathetic, real script and the performances were about as natural as I think I've ever seen on the stage. Alas, it's only playing for two more days and I don't know if there are any tickets left. But if you're in the bay area and can finagle seats to this one, don't miss out.
It's not just moving - it's also quite funny at times. Anderson has a ton of experience writing (and directing) for not only the stage but for film as well and she really has a great sense of timing, dialogue, keeping us engaged and keeping the actors interested, too. It's a terrific work.