"[...] lovely [...] a battle of the sexes throwback." - The New York Times, Read More
"Must-see play of the year. Witty. Mesmerizing." - Beverly Hills Lookout
"Recommended! A charming, character-driven comedy strives to entertain and succeeds admirably." - Los Angeles Times
"A rich theatrical piece [...] A fascinating eighty minutes in which light banter turns to raw emotion [...] creates a tone that perfectly underscores both the comic and dramatic elements of this suprisingly memorable play [...] 2 Across is a must-see [...] Play of the year." - Los Angeles Weekly
"We had to stop laughing to hear the next line [...] The plays asks us to think, then think again. It's entertainment with revelation [...] Excellent timing." - The Santa Monica Observer
"[...] a bright, witty, poignant and deceptively simple play about two emotional and supposedly mature people [...] Intriguing plot twists and surprises [...] Sparkling, confrontational dialogue." - Palisadian Post
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: The inside of a San Francisco BART car, at 4:30 in the morning. The set can be as simple as needed or more developed.
- Additional Features: No intermission
HE (JOSH) - Josh is Jewish and a paradox. He's part free spirit, part executive, part dreamer, part good son, part Peter Pan. During the trip, each time Janet decides Josh is a flake, he does or says something that wins her total admiration, or he makes her laugh, which she's not used to. About two thirds through their journey, Josh decides that he and Janet might be meant for each other. Now all he's got to do is convince Janet of that.
- Non-Traditional casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
HE and SHE, who eventually exchange first names (JOSH and JANET), can be cast late forties to middle fifties, or even sixties if the actors look youngish. Each is the exact kind of person that the other has always found irritating. At first, they are worlds apart on everything, but as the trip continues, they begin to relax and enjoy each other, even as they argue about their differences. Is it possible to believe that you could find love on an eighty minute rapid transit ride? Absolutely, if the actors play it real. The humor comes from their extreme differences, with each trying to change the other for the better, as they struggle to finish their crosswords before the end of the line.