Sister Calling My Name by Buzz McLaughlin
Oct. 20-Nov. 18/2000
By Ed Farolan
This emotionally touching play about a mentally disabled sister who looks for her brother was drawn, according the author, from his own experiences of having a sister with mental and emotional disabilities.
Plays drawn from an author's experience are usually touching because they are personal, and it's this kind of play that draws empathy from an audience.
Add to this the fact that the stellar cast composed of PT's Artistic Director Ron Reed, Miriam Brown, and Katherine Venour did a tremendously great job voicing the author's anguish and redemption at the end when, after 18 years, sister and brother reconcile.
Although the play did cause an emotional drain from the viewers, it did redeem itself in the spiritual uplifting of reconciliation.