On Tuesday night I decided to take in a performance of Primary Stage’s newest production, Poor Behavior by Theresa Rebeck. It sounded interesting because who doesn’t love some poor behavior sometimes? I also love Rebeck’s work – as far as playwriting. Her screenwriting for TV (ahem, Smash), not so much.
Onstage was a small cast of theatre veterans, Brian Avers, Katie Kreisler, Heidi Armbruster, and Jeff Biehl as two couples spending what should be a peaceful weekend somewhere outside of New York City. The play opened with a philosophical screaming match between Ian and Ella (not a couple) over whether or not the word ‘good’ has any meaning.
There are twists and turns, and affairs that may or may not be, but as you can probably guess, this weekend is a disaster that ends one or maybe two (I’m not spoiling anything!) relationships. I enjoyed Ian’s tirades on marriage and American misuse of it. I enjoyed all of the screaming battles and physical comedy that Poor Behavior has to offer (and it offers a lot of it). What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good screaming match.
These four adults all take part in some Poor Behavior. Some are more guilty than others, but I can attest to the fact that they all need to grow up a bit next time they leave town together.