Isaac has fallen in love and – as he understands it – ‘made love’ to an eight year old boy from the school where he works. The director and cast of A Beautiful Child do an excellent job of sensitively portraying his return home to seek protection from his warring parents. The actors move adroitly between humour and pathos as well as skilfully coping with the plays formal challenges.
The play’s failing is that while Alex Eisenberg strains every sinew to show us Isaac’s pain and humanity, the audience are ultimately left blind to the catalysing flaw in his character. The focus is on Isaac’s family dealing with their grief and regret. This is unfortunate as the audience’s compassion for the abuser will only be of lasting worth if they have also been confronted with the full realities of the crime and the abuse of power it entails.