Lattimer and Warnick are suitably baffled when the Coveys’ foe arrives within the type of a fairly robotic 19-year-old, dressed as an exorcist in his lengthy overcoat and wide-brimmed hat, and clearly inexperienced in social customs.
That is William Bloor (Zach Thomas), the scarecrow of a younger man deserted at age 5 in an establishment that trains kids in fox searching and people who conspire with them to overthrow civilization.
The Coveys have each facet of their farm and residential life probed by the tactless Bloor, an train in overtaking made much more absurd by his alleged motivation. In Bloor’s world, the fox is the arch enemy of England’s meals provide. (Sam’s remark that rabbits are rather more damaging to his crops than a fox he has by no means seen is brushed apart.)
In a triumph of zeal over actuality, Bloor drags his victims right into a fantasy world the place foxes over two meters lengthy steal infants and tear them aside with five-inch fangs. Do you lose a cat? It was a fox. A baby is drowning? The rain washes your wheat? The foxes did it. And that guilt that you just carry, you can’t shake? It is all of the foxes’ fault.
Rachael Buchanan performs Sarah, Judith’s buddy, a voice of motive who learns that combating a real believer’s obsession comes at a value. His selections underscore the inevitability of the result because the momentum of the play takes a downward flip.