It Is What It Is and The Watch Tower: Two Shorts at the Exit Theatre
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Featured review from Mark RudioRed Velvet
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I found the first play, "It Is What It Is" more engaging and moving than I expected, especially due to the cast, which is quite strong.
The second, and shorter "The Watch Tower" didn't work as well for me mostly because of the script, though the acting was still good across the board. The foul-mouthed, gorgeous brunette who appears in both plays is a delight.
Local writers Diane Karagienakos and Christopher Barranti met in a writing group several years ago, helping each other with feedback on their work. Now the two are collaborating at the Exit Theater whit a run of two short plays sharing one stage. The two works, both directed by Kathryn Wood and presented with a short intermission, complement and contrast each other with female/male perspectives on love, death, relationships and sexting.
It Is What It Is by Ms. Karagienakos is a multi-layered multimedia meditation on what it really means to connect in today's hyper-connected world. Estranged siblings brought together around their father's deathbed struggle with buried issues and simmering conflict. As their father's condition worsens and spoken dialogue becomes explosive, the audience is given a more complete, and often hysterically funny, perspective thanks to their texts, IMs and emails.
In a classic San Francisco bar room set piece, The Watch Tower by Mr. Barranti focuses on the passing revelations and deep insights found among a group of strangers at the bottom of a shot glass on a rainy afternoon. Emotionally starved characters experience an unexpected awakening as their facades are swept under the bar mat. Absurdly humorous, combative and revealing, this new play will be instantly familiar to local audiences.
Run time is two hours (includes brief intermission).