Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Early Applicant and A Feminine Ending

Just Add Water/West
July 23, 2006

Anthony Levy’s amusing curtain raiser The Early Applicant was like high school seniors cracked up on Seuss, wherein girl, boy and Yale entrance essay conspire with audience in racing 11-beat meter. Sparkling performances, even if preliminary pitch had little room to rise. Where rhymes took unexpected twists were sweet surprises.

Sarah Treem’s play A Feminine Ending split votes: what colleagues called whiny, I found complete, affirming; hilarious-yet-human, filled with naturally smart performances by wicked cast acknowledging today’s tipping point: no-longer-20-something, things didn’t happen the way you expected, suspended between self-destruction and self-empowerment. Sweet, sensitive acknowledgment, though instinct predicts short shelf-life.

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