Daniel Cariaga's "Sleepwalk," at [Inside] the Ford, examines the tragic consequences of routine rationalization and persistent deception--the lies told not only to loved ones, but to oneself.
Although married to Lori (Allison Sie), Steve (Rocco Vienhage) craves sex with men, a need he satisfies through secret visits to Loi (Ogie Zulueta), a male prostitute. An up-and-coming business executive, Steve is hand-picked by his heartless boss Miles (Christopher Cass) for a nasty task--firing Steve's fellow executive and friend Jack (Thomas Craig Elliott). The firing goes awry, Jack lands in jail, and Steve perjures himself in a wrongheaded effort to save his own job.
Through it all--the covert sex, the amoral business practices, the constant lies--Steve shoves down his mounting guilt with frantic justifications and denials, adamantly insisting he's not gay.
Cariaga's plot--the double life, the secret shame, the inevitable explosion--is simple to the point of the archetypal. However, Cariaga (who is the son of The Times' music writer Daniel Cariaga) adds a lyrical overlay in a quartet of zombie-like sleepwalkers--metaphors for Steve's unexamined, unconscious life--who wander in and out of the action like zombies, harbingers of something dire.