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|A CurtainUp Los Angeles Review
By Jana Monji
The setting of this dark comedy is a cheap San Fernando Valley condo. The characters are a disgraced corporate executive, Max (Barry del Sherman) and his suddenly silent socialite wife, Victoria (Jessica Margaret Dean), together with a young woman of mysterious means and motivations, Heidi (Holly Ramos). It seems that Victoria had Heidi on her mind before she stopped talking that Max has brought Heidi to his current home to rant about his humbled circumstances and to attempt to discover what happened to his wife who may not be entirely sane but is hardly a victim,. The coming together of these three gets close to anger at scandals like Enron and the American corporate interference in Latin America but remains aloof from romance and reality. As the three circle each other, it's clear that they too are materialistic sharks looking for new opportunities.
Sherman plays Max as a rigid man, driven by ego and with little moral conscience. Dean's less emotionally stable Victoria is equally ambitious. She doesn't love Max as much as she loves what he provided her with. Ramos makes Heidi slyly powerful and the slimiest member of the trio.
Director Zimmerman fails to maintain the momentum needed for this dry material, but there's a striking visual quality to the staging. This is enhanced by the graphic quality of the clear bright colors and simplicity of Jeffrey Atherton's set design and Robert Oriol's lighting design.
This isn't the kind of comedy to make make you laugh. Its humor stems from exposing and ridiculing the embrace of capitalism by the business-oriented well-to-do Americans.
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