Sweatermakers

‘Sweatermakers’: dramatic tension, loose ends

Playwrights West's Andrew Wardenaar's world premiere is short on exposition, but full of humor, suspense and empathy.

Brin and Henry are siblings, roommates, and the only two workers in a mysterious bespoke sweater factory. They’re constantly teasing and tickling each other, sharing memories and cookies, sleeping and waking and working side by side.

Henry (J.R. Wickman) also seems to be falling in love with Brin (Jen Rowe), which is freaking her out; she dreams of escaping their isolated snow-globe of a life by traveling to Europe and falling in love. Brin and Henry are haunted by a tragic past, but we never learn specifically what that means.

Jen Rowe and J.R. Wickman play a full-grown brother and sister with childish ways.

Jen Rowe and J.R. Wickman play a full-grown brother and sister with childish ways.

That’s just one of many expositions that emerging playwright Andrew Wardenaar leaves out of his engaging, absurd-ish thriller The Sweatermakers. The impulse to compliment the play’s unique feel while challenging its vagary tempts a whole skein of knitter puns:

A gripping yarn! But full of holes. Many unexpected twists, but soft on the details.

Knitted brow, itching to know, being strung along, purls of wisdom…

Ahem. Moving on.

Continues…