“There now is such a great sense of urgency, but for what? Where will it end?” Richard Apple (Jay O. Sanders) says in this sixth play written and directed by Richard Nelson in the decade-old Apple Family series. It’s just one of the many questions the five characters ask as they try to share a meal virtually over Zoom. People have questions; nobody has answers.
Just two months ago, Nelson resurrected the Apple family, and put them online, for “What Do We Need To Talk About?” a new play to which I summed up my reaction as “Hallelujah,” But I compare “And So We Come Forth” to my experience now in lockdown – a safe, insular, by-now too familiar routine. Still, there are enough moments of insight and pathos to be worth spending the 70 minutes in another visit with these comfortable characters.