It's been 20 years, four other productions and a Pulitzer Prize since South Coast Repertory first introduced developing playwright Donald Margulies to its audiences with the world premiere of "Sight Unseen."
That introductory drama now is enjoying a superb revival at SCR under the direction of company co-founder David Emmes and performed by an exceptionally strong cast on the stage of the Julianne Argyros Theater.
"Sight Unseen" details the life and career of a famous artist seeking an important element of his past in the home of an ex-lover, now ensconced in rural England as the wife of an older and somewhat eccentric archaeologist. Tensions mount, particularly during moments of enforced silence, which Emmes engineers skillfully.
Margulies has introduced conflicts both of status and religious origin into this intellectual maelstrom of artistic and romantic conflict. His protagonist, the outrageously successful and embarrassingly wealthy Jonathan Waxman (Gregory Sims) clashes repeatedly with the play's three other characters as he attempts a return to his roots as an artist.