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How Water Behaves (thru 2/8)

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"How Water Behaves" (thru 2/8)

Capital Rep Theatre

capitalrep.org

Albany, NY

 

The beauty of “How Water Behaves”, the winner of the Next Act Play Summit Series, is that there is humor here, deep humanistic humor, that provides laughter and pain for everyone, on the most subjective of levels. The manuscript was chosen out of over two hundred submissions and read aloud in front of actors, directors, playwrights and more, to pick and choose one play that stands out for production. The readings are done anonymously to avoid any type of nepotism. So, when “How Water Behaves” rose to the top, it was not an easy feat. With that in mind, this work, though not without flaws, has a lot of potential to fly high, and is worth the see.

 

Without a plot giveaway, the humor here touches to the bone. With apt scenery and great acting, we find ourselves in the middle of a living room with an out of work husband Steve (Matt Mueller) and his wife Nan (Nisi Sturgis). Steve is unemployed in the new economy, like millions of others, and his wife is barely keeping them afloat. When you are regimented, to the budget and strict to the life plan, being out of work and financially desperate is not a skin this character feels comfortable living in. To make matters worse, Steve's family goes all out for Christmas, which is just weeks away, and the couple cannot reciprocate yet alone turn their heat above 33. Yes, there's a lot of people in this new economy struggling this very way—now, try turning this into one hilarious comedy.

 

The comedy and humanistic angle is aided and abetted from other avenues. We have Molly (Leslie Kritzer) who is trying to get pregnant at a sperm bank and sells funny divorce announcements; The gay couple, Hank (Michael McCorry Rose), and his husband, Sal (Brian Sills), are delightful and funny, but amateurishly make sure you catch them kissing enough times just in case you're too stupid to figure out they're gay; a poet (Brian Lee Huynh) and a wonderful and delightful character by the name of Ayutunde (Kenita R. Miller). With this team of great acting in place, the plot thereafter twists and turns into situations we can all relate to, which cut to the bone in a very realistic and painful way. There is awkward humor here, the type that makes you nervous and afraid to put yourself in the character's shoes, being almost embarassed for them. Ayuntunde has a delightful voice, and tries to pull the magic together through a series of appearances that anchors a sometimes runaway plot.

 

The acting here is very good. The plot at times gets away from itself in a rambling sort of way, made most obvious by a conclusion that has about five too many false summits. But the themes are current and dastardly, the fun is here, and this is humor we can all relate to.

  Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

           didyouweekend@gmail.com

--by Sherry Kramer

    Directed by Gordon Greenberg

 

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