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Thru 8/15 - “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I didn't even Smile” (review)

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Thru 8/15 - “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I didn't even Smile”

Berkshire Theatre Group

Stockbridge, MA

berkshirehteatregroup.org

 

The world premiere of “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I didn't even Smile” has officially arrived at the Unicorn Stage in Stockbridge. World premiers are always a hit or miss event. Some leave you shrugging. Others, like “I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I didn't even Smile”, on the other hand, hit the ground running in what you know is a play that is going places. Simply put, my better half looked at me after the show and said, “I did not want that to end.” True—and neither did I. “I Saw” is a pocketful of treasure. It comes complete with an astoundingly dynamic plot, and a tour de force acting crew that makes this work a must- see smash hit of the Summer. I loved this show, in case you haven't figured that out yet. It puts the FUN in dysfunctional, leaving you in fits of laughter and fits of tears at the drop of the hat.

 

 

I don't want to give you a plot giveaway. But basically, a seriously dysfunctional teen Sadie (Ariani Venturi) is dumped off at her aunt and grandmother's care, while dad goes out and marries for the umpteenth time. You see where this is going.

 

Everyone in this family is dysfunctional. But you get the sense they are not oddly dysfunctional. They simply have more of the same dysfunction every other family in the world has: Broken homes, inner wounded children, sexual frustration, and on and on. This play captures what is wrong with so many families, but it does it in a masterfully woven plot of emotion, pain and laughter. To accomplish this, the pain the audience experiences for the characters is ratcheted up ten fold. They hurt, you hurt. They laugh, you laugh.

 

Our teenage girl is played by Ariani Venturi, who simply nails her role. She is the quintessential troubled teen. You want her to know you understand her pain, and you want to give her a hug. The frustration mounts because her onstage family just doesn't get it. You want to scream at them.

 

 

Ms. Venturi had some mighty big shoes to fill, because she shared that stage with some serious talent that had a few years experience on her. Special kudos to Keira Naughton (Rebecca) and Linda Gehringer (Daphne), who all take the driver's seats in commanding lead roles, and who helped make this piece simply superb.

 

--Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

 

1 hr 40 minutes

no intermission

not for kids

 

by Suzanne Heathcote

directed by Jackson Gay

 

with:

 

Keira Naughton (Rebecca)

Linda Gehringer (Daphne)

Ariana Venturi (Sadie)

Andrew Rothenberg (Jamie)

Adam O'Byrne (Steve)

Adam Langdon (Eric)

 

 

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