The Comedy Becky's New Car, Presented by Pacific Resident Theatre
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Featured review from rgilinsky
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Joanna Daniels steps on the stage, and right away we believe in her. She is the harried working wife/mom with those embers banked years ago waiting silently and unbidden to be fanned. And fanned they are. Ms. Daniels convinces us that no one is more surprised than she is. She is the main reason to see this play. Her charm is as effusive as her eyes are coruscating. The rest of the cast is excellent and within the context of the drama, wonderfully believable. Brad Greenquist as Walter is just that little bit daffy but sweet and good-hearted and surprisingly sharp and insightful at key moments.
The dialog is sparkling and funny. The playright, Steven Dietz, has a marvelous ear for the banal rhythms of everyday speech. And he creates fast and witty dialog that we can imagine actually coming from the mouths of the characters. He manages nicely to get us to laugh but not to the point of forgetting that there are real people beneath the costumes, making real decision, responding to life's unexpected (and some expected) turns.
Some of us, husband Joe (played with stolid conviction by Jon Preston) included, will judge Becky for plunging into the vortex of her long-suppressed need for male attention, the kind that makes her see herself differently when she looks into the mirror and find a Becky she hasn't seen or acknowledged in many years. A familiar plaint, one I suspect not entirely uncommon.
This play is about the fantasy of that chance meeting and falling for the sincere if somewhat daft attentions of a lonely and fabulously rich suitor. Hey, it's a play, already. We know it will end on a thoughtful note, which it does. There's hardly any other way to end a comedy like this and still get it right, but Mr. Dietz succeeds. He doesn't stroke the audience. He entertains us, and we leave the theater with the echo of our laughter and the quiet contemplation of how chance rules our days and how the response to chance can change almost everything.
Go see it. It's a theatrical treasure. Marilyn Fox (executive producer) deserves our support for bringing these delightful few moments to us for our pleasure and reflection.
Quotes & Highlights
- "A warmly humorous and nimble romantic farce.” --Seattle Times
- “Hits the funny bone.” --Seattle PI
- "Riotous ...delightful!"--LA Times (Critics Choice)
- LA Weekly GO! Selection
Pacific Resident Theatre Presents the Southern California Premiere of Steven Dietz's Comedy
Playwright Steven Dietz maps out a very funny and touching trip about "the life not taken." Becky is married, in her late 40s and working at a car dealership. When, one night, by chance, she's offered an opportunity to step into another life -- she takes it. Becky's New Car is about life, love, marriage and the detours we take on the way to happiness. Directed by Michael Rothhaar, the cast includes Joanna Daniels, Suzanne Ford, Jon Eric Preston, Nick Rogers, Brad Greenquist, Christopher Shaw and Jules Wilcox.
About the Ticket Supplier: Pacific Resident Theatre
Based in Venice, California, Pacific Resident Theatre is a company founded by actors and dedicated to producing the classics, rarely performed plays, and the works of new writers.
During the last 25 years, PRT has won over 200 theater awards including the prestigious Margaret Hartford Award for continuous achievement in the small theater arena.