Ford throws sharp relief, in his character sketches - painfully funny and painfully honest dialogue from the average Irish-American family in Pennsylvania who weather a profound tragedy.
It's a family tragedy told as a comedy seen through Eric's eyes.
And yet, in its own way, it is a play that offers us hope, that shows us that life does go on, no matter the horrible occurrences, or how joyful the celebrations.
A Loss of Color is a coming-out story unfolding in the midst of family tragedy. It also begs the question, 'If your brother killed your parents, would you still invite him to your commitment ceremony?'