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Leaking Light: A Review of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs at Eclipse Theatre Company | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED Eclipse Theatre Company closes its William Inge season with his 1957 play "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," Inge's last Broadway hit, thought to be his most autobiographical work. Set in the home of the Flood family in twenties Oklahoma, his play spotlights the foibles and frustrations of Cora (Aneisa Hicks), wife of traveling salesman Rubin (Chris Daley) and mother to shy teen Reenie (Destini Huston) and ten-year-old Sonny (James Leonardi). The unhappiness is pervasive: Rubin roams the country selling harnesses in a time when cars colonize the roads, while meeting up with mistresses in every little town along the way; Sonny avoids bullying peers and loses himself in movie-star fantasies; Reenie likes playing the piano, but only with the door shut. In their real and metaphorical absences, Cora seems trapped alone in a house that is haunted by undefined shadows, not only upstairs but leaking into the house from every door in Cassandra Kendall's lighting design. In Hicks's