Sometimes theater is hard to watch. Not because it’s bad but because it strikes a cord on a personal level. That was my experience with Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea. The base of the play is simple: two best friends begin to drift apart over time. The extenuating circumstances are what make this play stand out. One of the friends is openly Mormon, the other is openly gay. As they begin to journey to adulthood, it becomes clear to them that their beliefs will strongly affect their friendship. With Prop 8 as a backdrop, though a very minor one in the grand scheme of the play, Adam and Steve’s once inseparable bond grows tumultuous as they grow up.
They say art imitates life if you look closely enough at it. Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea did just that. It’s a heart wrenching script with a purpose that deserved much more attention.