The working title says it all in “Focus Group Play.” Carrie Barrett’s dark-tinged satire of nutritional marketing research gone awry skewers corporate product testing with agreeable, albeit predigested gusto.
Part of the LAb Works 2012 festival from Katselas Theatre Company, Barrett’s central conceit is basic. Five “random” archetypes sit in a conference room, being paid for their opinions on new meal replacement products.
Well, that’s the intent, anyway. The beleaguered moderator (Jen Drohan) tries without success to keep to the agenda, making increasingly harried trips to the other side of the two-way mirror.
Barrett has a knack for invective, though sometimes too clever by half, and she nails the milieu. Director Eric Hunicutt keeps things brisk -- actually, he could slow it down a tad -- and his cast is adroit.