Apocalyptic overtones provide a gripping framework for two too-close-for much comfort neighboring couples. Their homes flank an astroturf lawn topped with a pair of cafe scale picnic tables with chairs as well as a pair of breadbox-sized gardens rimmed with stone and sprouting sorry flowers.
This cheerily hued, yet discomforting collection of props is rimmed, like a prison under construction, with chain link fencing, plastic sheeting, and the fully in-view stage lighting. The setting makes eery, scale model, painted toy citizens of the fantastic cast.
Stevie (Keith Conallen) and Joan (Colleen Corcoran), already a bit tense, suddenly have neighbors. Raymond (Kevin McGuire) and Helen (Noa Graham) are wealthier and their appearance and added conversations, do little to dispel or satisfy our curiosity. Brett (Jared Manders) arrives periodically and despite himself being in the know and chatty we wonder; Why are they there? Where is there? What has happened?
“100 Years” is absurdly and darkly humorous, poignant and shot through with addictive, weird portent.