That said, there are a few nice moments. A first-act scene between Holly and Rachel has some authenticity as Rachel confesses her dislike for Jacob even as Holly reveals that he's her last stop on the road to potential happiness. And, in the second act, Frank suggests to Rachel that they leave, and Jacob hopefully asks, "You and me?", giving voice to his desire to escape back into the world of men, away from feminine emotions he can't comprehend.
There aren't really any complaints to be had in the production itself, with the exception of Griffith's sphinxlike performance, which is so low-key that there's no way to determine her character's motivations. Ultimately, No Way is and too vague and overlong to provide a real dramatic impact, and the frustration lies in contemplating the road that might have been taken.
No Way Around But Through plays Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. through July 8, 2012, at the Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Reservations can be made online or by calling (818) 955-8101.
Photo: Chelsea Sutton