Written in 2006 by a Lehman graduate, Angel Dillemuth, this play has to do with Cain, a younger brother to Andrew who drew Cain into using drugs just because Andrew’s girlfriend, Marissa uses drugs. Well Cain got hooked to drugs and rehabilitation couldn’t stop him from going back to his old habits. Until he finally tried living reality and leaves off his imagination-- that he’ll never be a better person without drugs, Cain insists that he and his big brother will stay in the hood for the rest of their lives.
The stage production made by Chaunice Chapman is a great reflection of a lower class family renting a one bedroom apartment during the new millennium, which transmits the lives of two brothers: the younger one is a drug addict and the older brother is an author. Their parents got divorced and now the two brothers live together by themselves with no legal guidance for future success.
Angel Dillemuth does a fantastic job as Cain, with his poetic and energetic posture, reminiscent of Mos Def, an African American poet and singer. Wearing baggy jeans, a brown t-shirt and timberland boots, he cries bitterly as he recalls his mother telling him the reason why she has to leave Cain and Andrew. He sobs real tears and hugs his older brother so tightly that Andrew couldn’t move. Cain is the vulnerable creature who has to take care of his big brother since it was his fault that their parents got divorced.
Juan Ramirez does an outstanding job as Andrew; comedic at times, yet has a sorrowful and an optimistic look. He reminds me of the famous comedian, Chris Rock as he tries to tell Cain not to worry, because once he gets the book deal, they’ll move to a better neighborhood. But every time Cain has to go to the center for rehab, Andrew is not always there to go with him. Compared to what his little brother wears, Andrew is spiffier; he richly clads in black shoes, a white long sleeve shirt with black dress pants. Angela Rodriguez has also done a great...