All That I Will Ever Be, a new mystery about race and class, was written by Alan Ball, famed creator of Six Feet Under and screenwriter of American Beauty. So it should come as no surprise that the writing is sharp and the characters screwed up. Our anti-hero is Omar (Peter Macdissi), whose day job is whoring electronics at a chain store, and whose night job is, well, a different type of whoring.
But even before we find out about his evening clientele, we know something is up: first he is Egyptian, then he is Parisian. Then, he’s Persian. He creates relationships around these different identities, and even gets entangled with a young, rich white client of his.
Two questions propel this play forward: who is Omar? And more to the point, why is he doing this? Yes, this is a play about loneliness, and what, if anything, can make someone a good person. There is some well-crafted suspense in this show, and there is also some exquisite sadness, thanks, in no small part, to a stellar ensemble and a sensitive director. But this is also a play about our own judgments and perceptions — who do we think Omar really is? Why do we think he is doing this? But please, don’t judge Omar unless you are also ready to judge yourself.