The Canyoneers 2 p.m., April 18
"Lawyers in love," but probably not as Jackson Browne envisioned them when he wrote the song. Commitment so horrifies these lawyers they compose lengthy legal briefs for daily matters and devise "post-nups" to insure civility should the bond go south. Kevin Six's comedy, which placed second in a national contest, begins with a gathering at Richard and Veronica's apartment. He's a divorce lawyer who, given what he sees every day, is horrified of the M-word (marriage), the C-word (children), and just about every word in the language that begins with a letter! Something in that tasty punch works like a truth serum, however: four couples, chipper when they arrived, open up about their lives like never before ("I don't know if [she's] really great," says one, "or really co-dependent"). As the jokes fly, the partners flee each other, and the play becomes musical chairs, performed by a mismatched quartet. As they try to define love, over a three-month span, they evolve better understandings of themselves. The Lotus Theatre Collective has given the play a lively production in which the entire cast contributes (Marc Biagi, as Richard; Jennie Olson, as Veronica; and Melanie Sutherlin, as Maria, merit special mention). Sheila Rosen's costumes define character to a T. And Marie Miller's lighting's the best I've ever seen at Swedenborg Hall. There are so many relations, interrelations, and ex-relations, the play's hard to follow now and then (and the second-act time shifts could be more apparent), but overall this is one very funny show.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, March 1, 2009
- Sundays, 2pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm