The Concept of Remainders
In its world premiere, Richard Martin Hirshs examination of midlife crises features two couples who become very close. Mac (Dan Gilvezan) and Mary (Suzanne Ford) live a comfortable suburban life, but on the eve of another birthday, Mac is restless. For his present, Mary offers to let Mac sleep with anyone he wants to for a period of 10 days, and though Mac is reluctant to accept, he does so under the condition that Mary be allowed the same privilege. Macs fantasy centers on Sophie (Meredith Bishop), the fetching young wife of Elliot (Bradley Fisher), a good friend who has his own midlife issues. Thrown into this pas de quatre is Faith (Salli Saffioti), a sassy, no-nonsense cocktail waitress whom Mac attempts to seduce. As fantasies are explored, so are the dangers of risking what is familiar and comfortable. Mark L. Taylors direction gets the most from his actors, whose nonverbal reactions provide as much of the comedy as the dialogue, which starts out bright and witty, but at times becomes philosophically heavy-handed. However, the ensemble is captivating and gives strong performances across the board. Keith Mitchells set design is innovative and efficient, and Kelly Grahams costumes look great on a cast that slips in and out of them with aplomb. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 30, 2008
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