The curtain opens on a set that approximates a child’s view of the Garden of Eden: a big, center stage tree overflowing with ripe apples, cardboard cutouts of a lion and a tiger, well-deployed greenery and mountains in the background, etc. That’s appropriate since our Adam (Sam Osheroff) and Eve (Kris Danford; the pair happens to be married in real life) are children, for better or worse. Neither one has any previous experience to draw on in forming a relationship to the world around them or to each other, and it’s not surprising that their road to connection is a rocky one.
Sam Osheroff and Kris Danford in the Asolo Rep’s Searching for Eden.
Adam, typical male, prefers to be alone, laid-back and not bothered with a talkative partner; Eve, typical female, is lively and upbeat and needs to have someone to talk over her discoveries with. She’s especially good at coming up with new words for previously undefined things, a trait that drives Adam wild but is very entertaining as we see Danford test driving new sounds until she comes up with just the right one. Well, usually the right one; she calls the spectacular moon that hangs over the set “moo” because that’s what a cow said to her when asked what it was.