I hope Jamison Jones has enough Altoids. As Dennis, the walking midlife crisis in Elizabeth Berger’s “Everything Is Enough,” Jones gets to kiss a lot of attractive women. And somehow, it’s those women you’d like to know more about in this smart and sweetly poignant comedy, part of Open Fist’s First Look Festival.
Fortysomething patent lawyer Dennis has a faithful wife (Yvonne Woods) and a brainy daughter (Jessica Noboa) in college. But when his impossible sister (Beth Robbins) arrives, trailing her adopted daughter (Danielle Soibelman) who has suddenly stopped speaking, Dennis goes off the rails.
He makes an unfortunate decision to make a pass at a shop girl (Jennifer Schoch), who happens to be the daughter of his boss (Challen Cates). And then there’s his daughter’s fetching roommate (Katie Costick).
Berger keenly dissects the restless desire not to be stuck with the people you have to love — family, of course, but also oneself. (The droll Robbins trails Dennis like a suburban Grand Inquisitor, gleefully reminding him of every wound suffered and dealt in their childhoods.)