In Act II, things have changed considerably. The house has obviously seen better days. What is interesting is that all the actors in Act I reappear in Act II, in different roles- although often with the same personality. This is especially evident with Steve and Lindsey (the actors play Karl and Betsy in the first Act I). Steve and Lindsey are a young white couple poised to tear down the home and build a new house for their soon-to-be family of three. Tom and Kathy are attorneys trying to hash things out, which includes addressing the concerns of Lena (Lena Younger) and her husband Kevin. However, little business is conducted, and their conversation often has eerie overtones of the discussions in 1959. Issues of bigotry -- not just on race -- crop up, and often with explosive results. The ending is left rather vague, and the audience is left guessing as to whether Steve and Lindsey actually go through the the home purchase. The animosity shown during the meeting exposes some major gaps in their marriage.
The very end flashes back to the 1950s, the night when Russ and Bev's son kills himself. It is a brief scene and a bit of an odd ending. But then, this incident is what fuels the actions in much of the rest of the play, so it fits.
I am eager to see this live on stage. There's a lot of humor in the script, but much of it I think will have the audience laughing and squirming at the same time, especially in Act II.