CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Adrienne Jones
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerley

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, visit www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse is currently mounting a production of Titanic proportions — literally. Scotland Road, from playwright  Jeffrey Hatcher, delves deep into the subject of the doomed ocean liner and its surviving passengers.

The play is a perfect example of the whole “tip of the iceberg” rule, in that there is so much more below the surface than one would suspect. A modern-day woman of mystery is whisked away to an interrogation room in Maine after mentioning the sunken ship.

The interrogator works with a female doctor to uncover what the woman’s connection is to the Titanic. Only when the duo brings in the last living survivor does the truth begin to surface.

To give away more would be a crime. Suffice to say that director Brian Westerley has staged an evocative, intelligent and intriguing night in the theatre. His cast features a compelling quartet of accomplished actors — Adrienne Jones as the mischievous mystery woman, Jim Hagan as the interrogator with an agenda, down-to-earth Rose Gabriele as the skeptical doctor, and Harriet DeVeto as the strong-willed survivor.

The stark white setting for Scotland Road was designed by Westerley and constructed by Jim Gremba and Walt Kaminski. T.L. Codella adds the equally stark lighting, Westerley also provides sound, and Evelyn Stevens handles props.