Tom Donaghy's remarkable, funny-sad play is about a blue-collar family, depicted over thirty years of turbulent times in America: from the assassination of President Kennedy to the scourge of AIDS. With humor and sharp wit, NORTHEAST LOCAL chronicles the relationship between Mickey and Gina, from the dawn of their romance through the birth of their son to the crumbling of their marriage. This seemingly simple and familiar story is given depth and resonance as America's wrenching history provides a subtle counterpoint to the action onstage. Director Gerald Gutierrez was well-known for making even our biggest cast shows—Abe Lincoln in Illinois, The Most Happy Fella—seem intimate. For NORTHEAST LOCAL, which has four characters, Gerry and designer John Lee Beatty brought the play closer to the audience by presenting it in the round.