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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Absurd Person Singular

Mildly amusing, but overall I'm still baffled. Act One seems to be the "set-up" to something that would tie the next two acts together... But it just never quite materialized. Three Couples, Three Christmas Eves, Three Kitchens... But what was the "catch"? As the theater emptied slightly for the intermission for the First Act, I overhead a lady behind me asking "I hope this is going somewhere". I concurred. Unfortunately, it didn't and we were stuck in our seats to endure two more acts.

Paxton Whitehead had impeccable timing - he's a comedic gem! Clea Lewis was perky and funny - and also had a vocal affectation similar to The Nanny (Fran Dresher) or Jaaaaaanice (from "Friends") , but used it sparingly (so as not to annoy you as much as the aforementioned characters do). Deborah Rush barreled on and off the stage as the over-the-top, larger-than-life, glam-wife. Michele Enos has mastered the consummate drunk (two times in a row now - she just played the consummate young drunk wife in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf"). Everyone else was just... well... there.

What was missing? A cohesive plot. All I saw was three mildly funny vignettes with a bit of physical commedy and a few laughs with nothing but the same people that tied them all together. There was no "real story". No "catch". No "gotcha". No "Ah-Ha!"

After the third one - i started to think... Run... Don't Walk... (home, that is)!