WHITEFIRE THEATRE’S PAVEL CERNY ON A DIFFERENT TACK
Mr. Cerney in recent days has successfully explored the Jewish experience with such output as Three Sisters of Perestroika and Belz! The Jewish Vaudeville Musical. In the current production however he has somewhat surprised us with a touch of the topical scene as it exists now with ‘’Love, Sex, Violence, etc”.
This venture consists of five short plays which explores the vagaries of all the emotions of the battle of the sexes with a definite comedic approach.
Frankly, though, I found it tough going throughout the first half of the program with Thirteen Months, Two Weeks and also The Therapist’s Therapist. Not much in the way of laughs or insight here.
However, upon returning after the intermission I was pleasantly surprised with what I was seeing with the final three works, all of which hit the nail right on the head.
To begin with the ‘Saturday Night Date’, Gina Rizzo Bishop and Neil Unger both are right on with a couple making passes at each other on their first date and with just the right amount of interplay. And watch for the surprise ending at the close.
Secondly, we have ‘Love, Lies and Lolllipops’ with Jim Cox and Trudi Knoedler bemoaning their current plight as a couple with lots of rhubarbs. Cox it is evident from the start of his prowess as a comedian, probably as a result of his stand up experience. At the close of the program, we have what is called ‘Boring’ about a couple who get stuck in an elevator illustrated by Aria Bruss and Alejandro Edda.
The dynamic which ensue because of this predicament had a large contingent of the audience rolling in the aisles.
All of this rollicking amusement was because of the penmanship of Helena Weitman. I understand she is also adapting her screenplay The Golem into a full length play soon. Pavel Cerney did the directing.
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