One can Never Have “Too Much Sun…”

Is there ever really “too much sun?” when summer vacationing at the seaside paradise of Cape Cod (personally my favorite spot!). Such is the premise in “Too Much Sun,” by Nicky Silvers, now showing at the illustrious Odyssey Theatre. This play takes me back to a special moment captured in time ; many a memory, many a conversation, (whether heated or fun loving); many an intimate moment between family, friends, and neighbors; even many a meal or snack! Every one in this play is ‘looking for love in all the wrong places,” and like Icarus, is trying vainly to bask in the sun’s rays, and falls back to earth with a rude thump of awakening. “Too Much Sun,” written by Nicky Silver and directed by Bart DeLorenzo is much like a Greek tragedy in the environs of Cape Cod. At first scene, we are introduced to Audrey (Diane Cary), an apparently overworked, flustered diva on a Chicago stage, who is blithely trying to recite a monologue from Medea, with constant cajoling from an unseen director, who patiently and comedically tries to instill in her a confidence and belief in the necessity of her presence. Quickly, we fast forward to a house on Cape Cod, (the main setting of the play), where Audrey is resting her weary bones in the office of daughter’s husband Dennis (Bryan Langlitz), a frustrated novelist/ad executive. We next see Lucas (Bailey Edwards,) the neighbor’s son, rolling a joint on a beach lounge chair, and basically telling everyone to ‘lighten up,’ yes, pun intended. Audrey has a problem fulfilling her obligations, so her agent sends his much put upon assistant, Gil (Joe Gillette), to fetch Audrey and return her to Chicago… or else. Meanwhile, Gil has a change of heart and career choice, and yearns to become a rabbi! Audrey is a lonely heart (as are all the other characters), and when neighbor Winston (Clint Jordan) appears, she quickly falls in love. Soon enough, all are planning their wedding, making Audrey a wife six times over. Along the way, Dennis and Lucas are seen passionately kissing on the beach, and the complications ensue. Nicky Silver is the playwright, putting great words of dialogue into the mouths of these talented actors, portraying eccentric characters. Audrey and Winston’s pairing is compared to “two rusty, sailing ships, floundering in the winds and waves.” One can tangibly visualize this poetic imagery of language. Audrey’s daughter Kitty (Autumn Reeser) is overburdened with her mother’s endless demands, and probes her mother about her mysterious, secret path. This dramatic play involves themes of infanticide, suicide , and deals with a titular sun that shines too brightly on this dysfunctional, murkily diffused group, much like the skies above Medea, the plays of Eugene O’Neill; Chekhov; and Aeschylus, with Audrey the standout as a tragicomic figure. There are constant references, on her pathetic attempt to legitimize her artistic zeal. Director (Bart DeLorenzo) and his fabulous cast and crew have put this gem of a production together at the stellar Odyssey Theatre, where the bar is as high as Mount Olympus. Ron Sossi (Artistic Director) is the captain of the Odyssey Theatre (ship), who, like Zeus, had a multiplicity of children and gods, albeit constantly misbehaving, and we, the audience get to witness this extravaganza, maybe with a glass of wine nearby! Go see it; you will be well rewarded!

Through April 21st
Thurs. Fri Sat 8pm
Sun 2pm
Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
http://www.odysseytheatre.com
(310)477-2055

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About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at www.examiner.com and www.tolucantimes.com my email is bonniedeb13@hotmail.com
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