12/3/2014 4:25 PM
An intelligently comedic, down-to-Earth read. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as well as the individually crafted characters and their uniquely complex relationships with one another. I highly recommend!
4/23/2013 8:09 PM
I had such a wonderful time reading this charming sitcomical-academic-small town relationship comedy. The characters are weird and well spoken, sensitively cared for by the playwright. George has a great ear for dialogue and comic timing weaving together a unique perspective on the themes of love, generosity, the place of history in the future, the distance between generations, and how complicated it can all get.
The playwright’s quirky imagination comes through most clearly in the living dioramas (standing completely still, in “traditional diorama garb,” and speaking in very contemporary dialogue), and the quiet Caretaker of the museum, who never speaks an original line, but only reads to us from the local newspaper.
The structure follows the same structure of Friends: three interwoven stories with some cross-over between the six characters—a cheeky ode to the NBC sitcom (beloved by one of the characters in the play.) In this way, the piece keeps moving forward, the jokes and dilemmas are satisfying, though sometimes obvious, and its fun to read. On the other hand, it remains at this level from beginning to end: it’s all light and fun, even the cancer, the love triangle, the lonely Caretaker, and questions about the preservation of history. It never quite lands somewhere moving or profound, but perhaps that’s not the point? Maybe the piece wants to be accessible, smart, theatrical, and funny: in which case, it succeeds admirably.