January 12, 2016

“I’m 45.” “I’m 54.” “I’m 62 now.” “I’m 71.” The years of a woman’s life flit by like leaves blown in a stiff breeze in “Employee of the Year,” an original and affecting theater work from the inventive company 600 Highwaymen. What’s most striking about this simple but fresh-feeling piece is less the content than the form in which it is presented, or rather the performers who present it. Although the narrator describes her life from the age of 3 to the age of 80, all five of the actors who tell her story are 9 or 10. The fragmentary first-person narrative, written by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, who also directed the production, begins with the protagonist’s earliest memories: of standing in her yard at 3 and suddenly yearning for her mother, and, later, of playing with her mother, at 7, in the park.