Williams veers into overstatement in his face-off with Bates, screaming and waving a handgun. McKnight exhibits a cool, alcohol-fueled sense of detachment while Watson attempts to keep a semblance of order. Russell's earnest but futile attempts to reconcile with his father are effective, but keep his true character shielded.
Fringe players drop by to heighten the atmosphere — Rolando Boyce as a snappily dressed numbers runner, Gregg Daniel as a doorman from a neighboring hotel. All contribute to the overall convivial atmosphere
Shaun Motley, who created the grimly effective backdrops for SCR's "Fences" and "Topdog / Underdog," has designed a richly appointed rundown office setting. Gritty costumes by Dana Rebecca Woods and Brian J. Lilienthal's moody lighting continue the atmospheric approach splendidly.