These two plays, each less than an hour long, often feel like more than two plays with their very different and sometimes disjointed scenes. Escaped Alone goes back and forth between four British women of a certain age (Barbra Berlovitz, Cheryl Willis, Janis Hardy, and Maria Asp - all delightful) sitting in a garden drinking tea and discussing everything from the profound to the mundane, and one of the women (Cheryl Willis) stepping out of the scene with some horrifying post-apocalyptic declarations. The dialogue is so fast as to almost be overlapping, but each of the women gets a weighty monologue as well. Here We Go is broken down into three scenes in reverse order: a funeral (with the four actors from the first play plus Charla Marie Bailey), the recently deceased (a riveting Patrick Bailey) arriving in the afterlife, and the slow, wordless, repetitive dance of a caregiver helping a man through his daily routine (performed by the latter two actors). It's a sobering and chillingly realistic end to an at times fantastical journey.
|Escaped Alone (photo courtesy of Frank Theatre)|
Escaped Alone and Here We Go continue through September 29 at Gremlin Theatre, which, if you haven't been, is a great space with free lot parking right next door to Lake Monster Brewing and food trucks. Your one-stop shopping for the perfect trifecta of beer, food, and theater.