Morris, in this case directing, provides her own form of counterpoint by using recorded musical selections and the transitory presence of a few museum visitors to underscore Mansole's many monologues. The effect resembles that of a respectful conductor marshaling an orchestra's disparate forces to lend texture and subtlety to the sometimes rudimentary melody. When combined with Shaw's steady portrayal, Morris and company effectively embellish the lyric undercurrents in Cribari's charming play. As Mansole says of another painting near play's end, "There is perspective, not deception." It's a worthy goal that the artists in Summerplay occasionally achieve.
Summerplay '99, through August 8 at the Changing Scene, 1527 1/2 Champa Street, 303-893-5775.