Luis Fernando Rodriguez
GROUP: Rainy Day Players
ATTENDED: Fri., 7 p.m., Sept. 13
CLOSES: Sun., Sept 15, Walnut St. Theatre, Studio 5, 825 Walnut St.
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Gary has an unusual addiction — lucid dreaming. In his dreams, he can control almost everything, whether this means living out his erotic fantasies or philosophizing with God and Satan. But some unexpected guests insist on crashing this alternative reality, including his institutionalized mother and a mysterious salesman. But as Gary's worlds intertwine, he begins to lose his grip on both realities. How will Gary juggle his waking life and the life of his dreams?”
WE THINK: A young cast of Temple University-based performers takes on Maine playwright Keith Aisner’s first work with awkwardly gawky yet winning charm. The setting is pure black box, the lighting is (mostly) moody, misty blue. The leading role of Gary, a selfish man on a quest for control, is essayed by a sweet kid (Hank Curry) whose rubbery expression moves from smartly sarcastic to woozily hangdog with ease, and the rest of the small and sturdy cast never overplays its hand. Together, they handle quirkily humorous language and occasionally ham-fisted observations about God, Oedipal relations and Satan as if having a lunchtime chat at Temple’s library — with quiet conversational ease. Not bad for a new company's debut.
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