In the role of playwright Eric Weiss, actor Paul Morella hides immense rage, fear and pain behind an affable smile.
Those emotions are telegraphed by the amused, downward glance, the wry upward tilt of Morella's lips. In an instant, the people in Weiss' life who have been pummeling his ego - the playwright's withholding father, his estranged wife - are dispatched to a safe remove. Morella watches them flail away silently, as if they were under water.
If you go Brooklyn Boy runs at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, through Aug. 5. Show times are 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, with matinees at 1:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets cost $25-$46. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.