Sunday, July 23, 2006

Working Title and Telethon

Just Add Water/West
July 23, 2006

Eric Andrews’ curtain raiser Working Title featured a golden scenario of newbie on Fred Meyer’s dime, but despite good pacing with a cast of a thousand customers, the play shops short of completing the transaction. Without knowing what happens to newbie, I’m left hanging from the cliff. Find irresistible resolution.

Kristin Newbom’s Telethon take on family-is-where-we-find-it initially discomforting, irreverently whacked. Comic pathos of motley crew worked at onset, then joke wore down, befuddled over final scene. Can entire play talking around table work? Scenario was a hoot, but what, ultimately, was the story? Good vehicle, destination in sight, path unsure.

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