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|A CurtainUp Review
By Jenny Sandman
Jason Schiff was once a star on a sitcom, Everything's Peachy, that is on permanent rotation on the Nostalgia Channel. Now he is a permanent out-of-work actor, struggling to make sense of his life. His wife Molly puts up with him, for the most part, but Barbra's wedding brings out every fear and insecurity Jason has buried about his career. Stressed out by the noise and commotion, they begin arguing. The arguing--about fish pie, about the wedding, about his exercise routine, etc.--escalates into a full-blown fight, and finally Molly can take it no longer. She decides to leave, but Arnold Schwartzenegger's Humvee is blocking her car. She must stay and duke it out with her husband, while Maury Povich broadcasts from their front lawn.
A cute pretense, to be sure. John Pankow and Julie White are excellent actors, the production values are top-notch (the set is a perfect rendition of a cluttered SoCal bungalow; the helicopter sounds are so real it's scary), the jokes are funny, and the end is happy. So what's missing? Depth, perhaps; or maybe character development. The jokes are mostly of the one-liner variety, and the entire play is really just one long argument. That gets old in a hurry, no matter how beautifully acted. In the end, like so much that comes out of Southern California, Barbra's Wedding is rather plastic and inane.
At This Theater
Leonard Maltin's 2003 Movie and Video Guide
Ridiculous!The Theatrical Life & Times of Charles Ludlam
Somewhere For Me, a Biography of Richard Rodgers
The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century
6, 500 Comparative Phrases including 800 Shakespearean Metaphors by CurtainUp's editor.
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