Rita the Dog’s Event Journal

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Saturday February 22, 2014 / 8:00pm (Preview)
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

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As mentioned by another reviewer, if "rough" language offends you greatly, then this is not the show for you. Several audience members did not stay for the second act, probably because they couldn't see past the cursing. No, this play is not for the Disney crowd; it is, however, touching and hilarious and extreme, with great acting. Anyone who feels Summer Spiro is over-acting has not witnessed a bipolar person in full manic phase. She played the role of Sharon with incredible energy, yet still managed to bring pathos to her character in the quieter, more desperate moments. I've not seen her on stage before, but I will certainly look for her in the future. Jeffrey Jones is always a joy to watch, and his Kenny is both laid-back and intense at the same time. Lisel Gorell-Getz (recently wonderful in Moxie's SKINLESS) has a chameleon ability to take her repressed character (Mary), and make her believably transform from the uptight, backyard tea-party hostess casting aspersions on her unsettled young neighbors to a rowdy partier, breaking chairs and rocking the dance party. Steve Gunderson's quiet, reserved Ben is a treat, with dreams no one suspects and great comic timing. When he opens up about his real longings, it's equally amusing and charming. They all play off one another amazingly, bringing the play to a devastating-yet-enlightening conclusion. The play delivers a strong message about not only the physical and financial decay of the suburban "American Dream," but the flip side: that sometimes the pretensions need to be torn down, the facades burnt to the ground in order for relationships to survive, and that 'Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose...'