Jay Allen Sanford 10 a.m., April 19
Mike Buckley's lite, entertaining romantic comedy has one of theater's more conflicted villains. Samm, short for Samantha, means ill, but is new at her work as a "hit man" and tends to become personally involved. The real villain is the hospital that convinced Susan, owner of an antique shop in San Francisco, that she's dying of cancer. Susan hires Samm for a whack job so Susan's brother can use the insurance for graduate work at Stanford. Complications unfold in a briskly paced show. Buckley's a triple threat: he wrote the script, he plays Sam, and he designed the prop-rich set. Susan's "bipolar," and Cynthia Peters handles both sides with skill. Season Duffy has a lark as Samm, the garrulous villain. Chris Bresky could rein in his physicality, at times, but offers an engaging Steve. David Cochran Heath scores as Slavo, resident thug. The Hit has a thematic subtext: call it "buyer behavior," as half a dozen people shop in odd, often funny, ways. 619-437-0600.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, May 31, 2009
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 4pm & 8pm
- Saturdays, 4pm & 8pm