Friday, November 19, 2010
You've Got Hate Mail
Staged like a reading, the actors sit in a line in front of their laptops frantically sending messages, reading them aloud as fast as they can type them. Despite the simple and repetitive nature of the staging, the show finds many moments of hilarity in the relationships the cyber world spawns and the freedom that faceless, often comical, communications it seems to encourage. One of my favorite characters (and that is indeed a perfect word here) is George and his cyber abbreviation malapropisms. He turns LMAO into "laughing my face off" and TTYL into "talk to you soon". After you catch on that he didn't just screw up a line, you'll be salivating for the next. Van Zandt and Milmore's production could use a few cuts and maybe one less "act", but in the end - if you're in the mood for a few cocktails and a bunch of computer based chuckles, google this one and book yourself a seat on line.