Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Maple and Vine
Marin Ireland (Katha) and Peter Kim (Ryu), after much debate, decide to take the plunge for an initial six month trial and move to the gated community of the SDO - The Society of Dynamic Obsolescence after being tantalized by the concept by two current full-fledged members - Trent Dawson (Dean) and Jeanie Serralles (Ellen). Will this "mixed-race" couple survive? Will their neighbors welcome them with open arms? What Ryu, a plastic surgeon, survive his job as a box folder at the local plant? How will Kath(y), a book publisher, survive in the kitchen? What deep, dark secrets lurk beneath the surface in this anachronistic community? You'll just have to see it for yourself to find out.
On such a tiny stage, Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design) has done an award winning job at designing the time-accurate yet minimalist sets. And special shout-out to the hardest working stage crew in the biz - which was completely recognized by the director by having them take a bow along with the cast. A nice touch and certainly well deserved.
No spoilers here - just know that it's an evening of superb storytelling in the theatre laced with racial, ethnic and political undertones that serve as a reminder that as romantic and glamorous as the time was, perhaps life was not quite so simple as we would like to think.