On the debit side, these kids are awfully articulate for high schoolers, and Garrett's other pals are merely types, though well-acted ones: the well-meaning best friend (Ryan J. Hill) and the resentful outsider (Jennifer Erin Bailey). Still, Crafts eloquently captures the petty jealousies, pointless cruelties, and heightened self-consciousness of painful adolescence.
He is especially lucky with his two leads. Grondin negotiates a long, difficult monologue near the end with expertise far beyond his years, and to watch the conflicting emotions play across Smick's pretty face is a show in itself.
Presented by Theatre Unleashed as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Cherry Pit, 155 Bank St., NYC. Aug. 24–28. Remaining performances: Wed., Aug. 25, 10:15 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 4:45 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 27, 7:45 pm.; Sat., Aug. 28, 4:45 p.m. (866) 468 7169 or www.fringenyc.org.