In this world premiere romantic comedy a seemingly average American couple have divorced after 16 years, and one son, because the husband had two (2) extramarital flings. Well, maybe she over-reacted, but they had a nasty break up and now she has married a jolly fellow who she believes she can trust.
Meanwhile, her hunky husband has found a new love who turns out to be a rather unhandsome British man who likes to appear in public in drag. Little attempt is made to have this lover a sexual beast – in fact he looks like someone’s grandmother in a really bad wig.
Now, for some reason the ex-wife – who had turned nasty when her husband was schtupping females – now gets a passionate itch for her straying ex-mate and they start meeting in motels for truly fabulous sex. I recoiled at this, but hey, the audience really seemed to eat it up!
Plaudits to the actors who almost make the dynamics in this play plausible: Blake Silver is adorable as a Chorus who sets the action; Robin Riker is delicious as the bewildered wife; Robb Derringer a charmer as the bemused ex-husband; Sean Smith wonderfully arch as the cross-dressing inamorato, and John Marzilli is all energy as the bewildered cuckold.
The clever set by Celine Diano, and dances by Tracy Silver, light up the stage.This farcical play written by Peter Lefcourt is directed by Terri Hanauer and produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners.
At the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, thru Aug. 24. Tickets at (323) 960-7712 or www.plays411.com/tonight.
Photos by Ed Krieger.