The true test of a good play: does the audience come to care about these people? Do they touch audience hearts and minds? With PROOF, the answer is most clearly yes.
Robert is beyond brilliant in mathematics — held in awe by this contemporaries. His daughter Catherine has clearly inherited much of his math genius . . . but worries that she has perhaps also inherited a tendency to the mental collapse that seems to plague those at the highest levels of creativity — be it in math, music, painting, writing, or any rarified genius.
Robert’s other daughter, Claire, is quick with numbers, but she isn’t in Catherine’s league in what math skill she inherited from their father. Claire cares greatly for her younger sister, and worries about what her future holds.
Then there’s Hal, who in the past worked under Robert when studying for his PhD, a young mathematician who has to face that he won’t ever achieve the kind of breakthrough work that Robert seemed to churn out with ease.
Four good people, four different lives impacted by varying levels of brilliance . . . caring about each other and worrying as we all do about where we’re going in this life.
The Tryon Little Theater will present PROOF at the Workshop, 516 S. Trade Street, April 24-26 and May 1-3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays April 27 and May 4 at 3 p.m. The box office is open Monday-Saturday 10-1, and Tuesday and Thursday 4-7 p.m. For reservations: 828-859-2466.