Be A Good Widow, at The Wild Project

Be a Good Widow was a cheeky melodrama about what happens to a mid-twenty-something after her husband of only a short time is killed in a plane crash.

Her weak relationship with her mother-in-law, who is also a widow, is put to the test and ultimately strengthened when she finally breaks down and lets her daughter-in-law in a little.

The script is equipped with dozens of quirky one-liners (thanks to playwright Bekah Brunstetter) that keep the audience focused and laughing.

The acting by the two men in the cast, Matt Bittner and Robbie Tann, were by far the strongest. Though I also enjoyed Chris Holliday as the mother-in-law and watching her character development.

The Wild Project is one of my favorite off-off spaces downtown and anytime I go there, I always enjoy myself. And Be A Good Widow was no different.

For more information about Be a Good Widow and The Wild Project, visit their website here

Full disclosure: Tickets were provided by DARR Publicity. Thank you! 🙂

Not my typical Thursday night // Notice Me

So, I don’t venture downtown often anymore [no, I’m not proud of this fact].  Especially not on a Thursday night.  Last Thursday night was different and though Matt and I were skeptical of what we were about to experience, we went into Notice Me, by Blair Singer, with open minds. 

When one ventures to Alphabet City you’re either going to end up in a recently renovated beautiful [although tiny] space or a complete dump.  We lucked out and the former was where we ended up after a relaxing dinner at The Life Cafe, feasting on shrimp, tacos, and a chicken sandwich (Matt, as always, chugged his third and last Stella).  We found ourselves inside The Wild Project, a 100% eco-friendly and recently renovated tiny theatre space.

Notice Me is about four attention starved teens in southern California (Tarzana, to be exact).  Think of it as the love child of American Idiot and subUrbia.  Starring as the four teens are Jason Shelton, Annabel LaLonde, Jake Green and Susan Spratt, with Sofia Alvarez directing.  An extremely sparse set was designed by James Bolenbaugh, and impressive lighting and sound were design by Eric Southern and Daniel Roland Tierney respectively. 

I was completely entertained for the first 45 minutes with the ever-present vulgar language of these high school seniors and their on-going name calling.  I loved watching two of the characters fall for one another, and one go insane after taking steroids.  The show fell flat for me towards the end when one of the two characters in love does something so completely ridiculous, it’s almost hard to believe that the character believes her reasons for justification of the act. 

In this quartet, the obvious stand-out was Jason Shelton as the super-stoner Harry.  His portrayal of Harry was believable and the audience was on his side from start until finish. 

All in all, it turned into an enjoyable evening.  Notice Me plays at The Wild Project through this Sunday, August 1st.