Michael Grossberg reviewed Just Kids for the Columbus Dispatch and he has many justifiably kind words for the show. Here’s a sample.
As many Americans struggle to comprehend the roots of violence that lead some youth astray, Just Kids couldn’t be more timely.
In Available Light Theatre’s powerful world premiere, which opened Thursday to applause at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, several schoolchildren are evoked compassionately in dramatic or half-comical, half-dramatic vignettes.
Many father-son plays lead to a sentimental or inspiring reconciliation, but Lewis has the guts to stick to the messy and disappointing facts of a life that stubbornly resist being shaped into conventional uplift.
“Just Kids” is far more than just another theater entertainment or just another sentimental look at kids … quite artful in its concise weaving of disparate characters into an absorbing performance piece only a little over an hour long.
Lewis stands out by convincingly playing himself, his supportive girlfriend and his blustering, in-denial father.
“Just Kids” … a piece that does end up offering hope that one can come to terms with if not overcome or wipe away a troubling past.