The trick for me with Exit, Pursued by a Bear is that it follows another "kitchen" show. This kitchen needs to look very different from that kitchen... and yet there I am starting with same thrust stage with the same single upstage wall to line up kitchen cabinets and appliances on and the exact same sink/stove/refrigerator. Even the same counter peninsula is called for!
Hard to make this kitchen look strikingly different.
(Speaking of a kitchen's "look," I was very pleased to hear that playwright Tom Dudzik , who wrote Miracle on South Division Street, saw a photo of my set and said it "looked just like his grandmother's kitchen.")
Photo courtesy of (I think) Circle Theatre