David is a gay man living in NYC who is the best man in his (also gay) best friend Zachary's wedding, shortly after marriage equality was passed there. There's just one problem - David doesn't believe in marriage. He and his twin sister Sarah promised each other they would never marry after watching their parents make a mess of it. David's roommate Frank and his recently deceased partner Danny never married and they were happy together for decades. And David has so long identified as someone outside the norms of society that he cannot imagine participating in anything so traditional as marriage. But now Sarah's in love, Zachary is married, and David meets a beautiful young man named Benoît on a trip to Montreal. Will he stay true to his own personal ban on marriage, or will he allow Benoît to lead him into this brave new world of marriage? Watching the joys and heartbreaks of David's journey is a true pleasure.
|Michael Hanna as Benoît and Kasey Mahaffy as David|
(photo by Dan Norman)
Director Jeremy B. Cohen (Artistic Director of the Playwrights' Center) has assembled a fantastic cast (several of whom also participated in the initial reading two years ago) and does beautiful work with them. I wondered why they brought in an actor from L.A. to play the role of David, until I saw the show and realized it's because Kasey Mahaffy is perfect for the role. So charming and funny and heartbreaking, he really brings out all the nuances of the emotions this character experiences over a period of a couple years. I hope to see Kasey back in Minneapolis again soon! Patrick Bailey and Emily Gunyou Halaas are always wonderful and so much fun to watch, as they are here as Frank and Sarah. I didn't think it was possible for Michael Hanna and his man-bun to get more dreamy (see this and this), but have him say romantic lines in a French accent, and he is. Who wouldn't fall in love with Benoît? Last but not least, new favorite Michael Wieser (see also The Normal Heart/Coriolanus) is just as cute as can be as the bridezilla Zachary. Most importantly this cast really works together well and makes the many love stories palpable; they feel like a family.
|the cast on the set of Le Switch|
(photo by Dan Norman)
Le Switch continues through the end of July so you have plenty of time to get to the Jungle and see this smart, funny, moving, lovely new play. In fact, it's one of my must-see shows of the summer (click here for the full list). It's a feel-good summer rom-com, but with a little more depth and significance than the usual rom-com.
This article also appears on Broadway World Minneapolis.