The Group Rep at Lonny Chapman in Noho Arts District presents nine winning one acts, each in its own way, telling of the disparate, disaffiliated, yet lucky longing for connection and belonging.
- “The Third Person,” written by Dan Borengasser is almost a twilight zone homage to film noir, sort of like a Hitchcock scene of two strangers in the night, two ships passing at sea. The wide raccoon eyed woman (Alyson York) is alone, unexpectedly meets a stranger (John William Young) who introduces himself as the narrator. As a foreboding storm approaches, the narrator comes to the rescue of this damsel in distress. They walk off into the sunset, into what looks like a promising future.
- “February to August,” written by Neil Ellis Orts, tells the story of an elderly woman (Colette Rosario), sitting forlornly, watching twilight zone, waiting for her visitor. Her young nephew (Devix Szell) arrives, only to find her calendar set back to February even though the current month is August. She explains she’s been waiting six months for his visit. She doesn’t live in ‘real time,’ but rather in anticipation of his next visit. The scene paints a picture of loneliness and human connection at its rawest.
- 3. “I Knew It,” by Scott C. Sickles, tells the story of a trophy wife of sorts, of a rockstar, who schools a young woman about the trials and tribulations of love, over a cup of darjeeling tea. As the two commiserate, this is a modern day ‘tea and sympathy.’ Each woman (Stephanie Colet and Alana Kerr Collins) weather her particular storm, with a glimmer of hope for future love.
- “Dora’s Dynamic Dates” by Marjorie Bicknell, is another case of strangers meeting in hopes of finding love and soulmates. The setting is a room meant to house many individuals seeking a partner in a speed date meet up. Only two show up, however (Lauren Faye and Patrick Burke), playing musical chairs, and in the process getting to know one another on a more intimate level than expected.
- “Alexander the Great,” written by James C. Ferguson, tells the tale of the supposedly great Alexander (Kevin Logie), whose male prowess is thwarted by three simple minded women (Anny, Cynthia Bryant, and Stephanie Colet). As he struts onto the stage, proud as a peacock, he is put into place quickly, as they refer to him as “Alexander the Average.” He replies, crediting history and the great civilization from which he comes, yet nevertheless, exits stage in humiliation. The battle of the sexes ensues.
- “Hospice: A Love Story,” by Elizabeth Coplan, tells of two women (Michele Berth, Lareen Faye), who confess their sins. One, at a confessional, and the other on a therapist’s couch. Each one relates the trauma of sitting bedside with their dying mother, begging for another morphine drip to ease the pain. The sisters wish to prolong her life, and visit Disneyland’s It’s A Small World, always on their mother’s bucket list; however, each sister could not take their mother’s cries of anguish and slip an additional fatal dose of morphine. They leave the stage, heads bowed down, as the haunting tune of Small World plays in background.
- “Only You,” written by Alex Rubin, tells of a young woman (Ceirra Burton) helping her gay friend (Paul Cady) come to terms with his recent breakup, wishing for him to ‘snap out of it,’ and go on with life. Some poignant lines of dialogue occur, such as “I’m so poetic when I’m black out drunk,” and “”You’re the Maya Angelou of drunk poets society.” Her tough love technique works, as they embrace, and go out to ‘paint the town,’ as ‘his heart will go on.’
- “A Long Time Coming,” by Jody McColman tells of a middle age woman (Lauren Peterson) reminiscing over a long lost friend. We discover they met years ago, at a mall food court, as they were literally ‘on the same page,’ reading the same book. Before the advent of social media, their lives went in separate directions, and they lost touch with each other, yet she always held a piece of this dear friendship tucked in her heart and soul.
- “Catatonic,” by Nedra Pezold Roberts, is a passive aggressive cat custody arrangement between three finicky males themselves (Patrick Burke, Patrick Skelton, and Chris Sloan). One memorable line of dialogue: “I’m caught in a tug of war and I’m the rope.” The scene shows the true bonds between cherished pets and their owners.
Through August 7 Saturday matinees 2PM; Sunday evenings 7PM