Paula Vogel’s play, awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, brings us confronted with the limits of morality. Two people that believe that they don’t belong anywhere become lovers in the environment of a dysfunctional family. He is a 40-year-old alcoholic, the husband of her aunt, she is an underage seeking to fill in the gaps left open by her absent father. The one can either save “or” destroy the other. The disjunctive “or” is the tricky point upon which we have all stepped at some point in our lives: a love that is incompatible with reality, the thin ice that is ready to break under the weight of a single mistake.
“When your breaks don’t work on ice, you‘ll have to accelerate,” he says to her in one of their driving lessons. Hence, with one foot on the gas pedal on thin ice, they learn something that will change their lives for ever: that the person that has the power to destroy us and the one that has the power to improve us are very often the same person.