Towards the end of The Sussman Variations one of the characters raises a glass with the toast, “To the Sussmans. A nearly happy family.” After several weeks of rehearsal it struck me that it was as good a tag line as any for the play. Every assembly of actors, designers, director, artistic director, stage management, office staff, (have I left anyone out?) form, at least for those few weeks we all come together to make it happen, a kind of family. I can honestly say that this “Sussman Family” – not the one onstage, but the one creating the one onstage – is much more than “nearly happy.” No, this is a really happy family and I’m not exactly sure why. Every production has its own energy, some more, some less, positive than others. Sussman has been challenging, rewarding – and fun. Lots of smiles in the room. I wish they were all like that!