Review On How the Light Gets In


Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


‘Light’ is an apt metaphor that describes Boston Court’s Emilie Pascale Beck invisibly light touch as director of E.M. Lewis’ new play, How the Light Gets In. The play examines the toll breast cancer takes on Grace Wheeler (Amy Sloan), an otherwise empowered ‘woman of a certain age’, whose emotional journey succeeds only with the aid of a pair of improbable allies: Kat (Chelsea Kurtz), a teen camped out beneath the weeping willow in a Japanese Garden and Haruki (Ryun Yu), a world-renowned architect commissioned to build a simple tea house there. The result is a sweet reminder that we are all capable of providing enough light to heal those around us who are suffering. Dieterich Gray as the tattooist Tommy Z provides welcome surcease from the sort of sentimental treacle most dramas about disease exhibit.

Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.