At first, you wish Jones had done something more original with the character of Walt’s 20-something son than to make him yet another aspiring rapper. Later, he does too much with him, and in too little time. With no warning or set-up, the kid’s suddenly brandishing weapons, applying war paint (never mind the blond wig) and spouting a newfound revolutionary consciousness. And how does Walt reply, in the end? With a pithy one-liner about RuPaul.
Jones has written and/or directed several notable Horizon shows over the past few seasons (“Two Queens, One Castle,” “The Bluest Eye,” “Three Sistahs”). What makes “Water” a virtual cause for celebration is that it returns him to the stage as an actor, his first local appearance in years. Sure, some of the material he’s written for himself as Walt is borderline-indulgent, but he’s such an irresistible presence, such a welcome sight, you almost want to forgive him anything.