LOVE, ANGST & THE WAY IN

LOVE, ANGST & THE WAY IN

        This collection of new 10-minute plays was interwoven with a series of vignettes from the Tony Glazer original short film, Gone Blind. Love Angst observes, with classic humor, the universal themes of love, commitment and the inherent fear associated with them. Produced at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the showcase was directed by Tony Glazer and starred: Laurence Blum, Caroline Burrow, Pat Cioffi, Craig Cullinane, Jason Frost, Mark Jackson, Jamie Marrs, Andrea Marshall Money, Summer Moore, Patty Parker, Chris Thompson and Veronica Watt. Still Photography: Christina Goodman.
REVIEWS

Midnightmind, a review of Love, Angst & the Way In

By Julie Dunn

Love, Angst and the Way In - Disjointed yet Enjoyable, "Love, Angst and the Way In," directed by Tony Glazer and production by Choice Films, is a series of five short plays interwoven with a short film. The fast paced production is both entertaining and well written, with a few bumpy moments that don't spoil the show. The ongoing theme of love relationships, in one way or another, is portrayed best when the characters are dealing with the fact that love relationships don't always turn out as we dream.

Traded In is by far the strongest piece in the set. Jamie Marrs shines as a woman facing reality after a run-in with an ex-lover and his new girlfriend. She is hilarious as the spurned woman drunk dialing her ex to tell him off as she announces "I would rather be called a stalker than a co-dependent train wreck." She moves easily to anger as she tells off Patty Parker, who plays the friend and voice of reason, to true sadness as she realizes that life hasn't turned out at all as planned. The piece by Brent Askari is both well written and well acted.

Darn It, takes a hilarious look at office dating in our legalistic society. Written by Michael Folie and starring Caroline Burrow, Pat Cioffi, Jason Frost and Jamie Marrs, this funny piece succinctly shows how quickly the details of an office relationship can spin out of control.

Veronica Watt shines in Dust, with Laurence Blum, who plays her husband in a funny and touching piece illustrating the "conversational judo" that couples use to talk circles around an issue. Well written by Michael Folie, the dialogue gives us strong and enjoyable characters, with the actors not even needing to get out of their bed.

Gone Blind, the short silent film by Tony Glazer running throughout the play, does a great job of entertaining the audience during the spartan scene changes at the 78th Street Theatre Lab. The humorous story of both sides trying to get to a doomed blind date provides continuity with clever cameo appearances by characters from the other pieces. Comedically predictable but still amusing, Caroline Barrow and Chris Thompson are entertaining in this sweet film.

The last play, Mona in the Morning, by Eric R. Pfeffinger, brings the whole cast onto the stage for a campy talk show poking fun at sitcoms and daytime television. Andrea Marshall-Money does a funny send up of a daytime talk show host, using surprise guest tactics and Oprah drama ploys, along with the Summer Moore as the pushy psychologist relentlessly promoting her self-help book. This cleverly written piece highlights the complaints of fictional television characters, like not having last names or birthdays. It provides closure with a big finish, but doesn't necessarily fit in with the flow of show.

"Love, Angst & the Way In" is the third theatrical production for Choice Films. Choice Films states their mission as "to attract the MTV generation as well as their parents and grandparents." Director Tony Glazer does a nice job of putting together a disjointed group of plays with a variety of talent levels. "Love" has strong ideas and big talents and is at its best when it focuses on the heart.

* Julie Dunn is a freelance reporter living in NYC.