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November 10, 2011


Ann Baker

I saw this play tonight.In fact I'm just getting in from it. The first act was WORK. deadly dull writing. The actors were working very hard to make it interesting . I was ready to leave at intermission. Since I was treated by the person I was with, I stayed. The second act writing improved. The story was predictable. No surprises , or interesting reasons/motives. The dialogue in the first act was pedestrian. If you had been reading this off the page you would have put it down. The second act had some wit and feeling. It had a happy ending.
It is a good thing I am not a reviewer. I don't know how to say something more positive about it, except...without those actors ( because they are good) It would have been a terrible night in the theatre.
Just different eyes looking at the same thing.

Paul Tamburello aka pt at large

Great response, Ann!
I think the play's sentiments about mortality hit me at a vulnerable moment and that's what I responded to. I didn't mind when the first act gave us a bunch vignettes to dig up the back story and we had to figure out what was going on, sort of like feeling our way around a room in the dark.

The second act got on the rails more securely. I could not figure out how Emily and Koji could have managed to live together for forty years while occupying in such different emotional spheres, and the same with Koji and his dear friend Jeremy. I guess they were platforms for airing Yamagiwa's ideas.

As I intimated in the review, without Karen MacDonald, this play would sink. Maybe I should have made that clearer.

If Yamagiwa was looking to blend "The Big Chill" with "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" she got into the same neighborhood. Yes, good acting contributed mightily to the play.

If you have any further thoughts, fire away, I loved your response, thanks again!

Joni McGary

"The Greek Chorus in a short skirt and a low cut blouse. "


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