The splendid performances Anderson elicits from Enoch King and Bethany Irby make a whole universe of difference. Both of them thrive and relish in the opportunity to work outside of their so-called “comfort zones.” (Their British accents are technically fine, if somewhat distracting. You almost wish Anderson had opted to Americanize the roles instead.)
King is among the more dependable character actors in town (True Colors' "Detroit '67," Actor's Express' "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet"), but it's an undeniable pleasure to watch him here as a bona fide leading man, and such a romantic one at that. In his most shining moment, he articulates Roland's "unfailing clarity of purpose" with remarkable warmth and depth.
Prior to leaving Atlanta for a five-year teaching job in India, Irby had been a fixture on the local scene, usually cast as musical-comedy ingénues. Recently returned (and last on view in Georgia Ensemble's "Calendar Girls"), she has now matured into a resourceful dramatic actress, investing the otherwise intimidating Marianne with an appropriate "quiet elegance."
In the grand metaphysical scheme of things, “Constellations” often seems to get lost in the cosmos. On a more elemental level, though, in portraying a sweet and possibly never-ending love story, Horizon’s co-stars ring true.
Through Feb. 26. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 3 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays (excluding Feb. 5); 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 5 only). $25-$30. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. (in Little Five Points), Atlanta. 404-584-7450, www.horizontheatre.com.
Bottom line: Not quite heavenly, but brightly performed.