6/22/2016 6:28 PM
Possibly the most thought-provoking piece in Audrey Cefaly's new collection Love Is a Blue Tick Hound, The Gulf has many meanings. The play takes the desperation of Fin & Euba from this same collection and ups the ante a bit by giving the characters a stronger bond, a romantic one. The Gulf is the very specific water Betty and Kendra are fishing in. It is the abyss that imprisons them and threatens to drive them apart. It is the distance, the representation of their differing views on success and peace and fulfillment; Kendra's simple nature and Betty's driving interest in self-improvement, knowledge and complexity. I can't wait to see this live, and the surprises that lie in store for me in the full-length version. I am a person who loves practical magic onstage. The effect of a boat on the water should be a director and tech crew's dream. It is not a difficult or complex effect, but one that lends itself to a wide range of creativity, contributing directly to the tension between the characters with claustrophobic closeness, a wonderful contrast to the notion of a gulf...We are reminded too of how so few of us are lucky enough to find our "parachute," that thing we can simply wake up in the morning and do for the rest of our lives. I believe Ms. Cefaly has found hers.
Maria V d del-Cerro
6/11/2016 11:31 AM
I love Audrey Cefaly's work! She writes truthful, provocative, and hilarious dialogue with complex characters that jump off the page. THE GULF is an extraordinarily unique play full of laughs, charged silences, and high stakes. It is a great challenge for any actress!
5/28/2016 12:50 AM
Though it has only two characters that we see, there are many more that play a part...the gulf itself, folks to whom the characters allude, food, fishing, Mardi Gras, and the relationship between them all. Powerful script and characters.