Wakefield’s Contemporary Theater Company takes advantage of its riverside outdoor space with a late-season production of Florian Zeller’s drama The Father. Set in Paris, the one-act play is about a woman (Tammy Brown) coming to terms with her aging father’s dementia. Though it sounds like a downer, it’s not a simple tearjerker. The play is staged as if you too are experiencing symptoms of dementia. Characters appear without introduction; scenes are repeated; time is kind of messed up; it’s a little absurd at times. The father is played by Terry Simpson, in a performance that the South County Independent says “captures the range of [his] bewilderment and dazed anguish, gently shattering the audience toward the end of the play.”
The theater provides blankets in case you get chilly, and will be performed inside if it’s raining.