Eccentric Parents Move in With Couple in New Comedy
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Saw this during preview night...it started out a bit shaky with 'Sidney' and 'Michael' appearing nervous especially 'Michael' who was rushing through his lines. They progressively got more comfortable but I thought the portrayal of 'Michael' was a bit weak. Later in the play 'Larry' forgot a line and someone backstage had to audibly yell out the line. This threw us off and thought maybe there was another person in the house that was going to be revealed. It could have been handled better had one of the other actors helped the scene along by ad-libbing to cue the next line. I eventually forgave this as the play redeemed itself in the later scenes especially towards the end when 'Larry' and 'Diane' had their reconciliation - emotional yet funny.
As for the writing, there were 2 things that bothered us. One was with the roast scene - it started in such a positive note with the good news from the doctor and then abruptly turn confrontational. This felt contrived. Didn't have to be so 'dramatic' to set up for the scene that unfolded next. Also, the time period in which 'Larry' and 'Diane' supposed to have had their married years seem off. Judging by character and appearances we thought they would have made references to the 70s or even 60s. Instead they were referencing 80's electronics like the walkman - something their daughter 'Sidney' would have probably grown up with. This was confusing.
However, there were enough clever lines, funny scenes, and emotional without being corny moments. We were afraid that we would not be able to relate to the characters and situations due to generation gap. Yet we were pulled into the characters' lives and enjoyed the play. Great production value and we like this venue (our 2nd time). I think my parents would like this play. Overall, I would recommend it.