Meanwhile, self-styled smart-guy Barry (Marc Aden Gray) has discovered that outside forces are poised for a corporate takeover of the company, and if that happens, heads will roll. He's determined not to be a loser, so he buries a promising business proposal created by his young Puerto Rican officemate Diego (Alex Pierce).
The shifting focus from character to character sometimes leaves us uncertain whom to root for, and Act 1, though always interesting, fails to generate much emotional heat. The play simmers along quietly till near the end, when a series of confrontations brings things to a rapid boil.
Direction, by writer Smith and Anjali Bhimani, is clear and straightforward. Abruzzo gives us an Artie who never lets his sense of guilt undermine his executive authority. Solters effectively captures the passionate anger of Robbie at what she considers her father's injustice. And Gray persuasively embodies the obnoxious condescension and arrogance of a wise-guy who's not as wise as he thinks he is. Pierce offers charm and conviction as the long-suffering Diego, who finally rebels against Barry's bullying. And Terronez is an engaging presence, though one can't always hear her.
Presented by and at the Open Fist Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. July 15–Aug. 27. Variable schedule. (323) 882-6912. www.openfist.org.