Posted in acceptance, adultery, aspiration, comedy-drama, committment, couples, dalliance, dramedy, infedility, love, love story, loyalty, premieres, romance, serious comedy, The Mint Theatre

Monogamy

Is it really cheating if your spouse approves your infidelity?

Creatives    Directing Jonathan Bank     Sets Carolyn Mraz     Costumes Hunter Kaczorowski     Lights Xavier Pierce     Original Music & Sound Jane Shaw     Projections Katherine Freer     Props Joshua Yocom     Casting Stephanie Klapper, CSA     Product
Max von Essen and Elisabeth Gray in Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson. Photo © Richard Termine.

Exploring the conventions of marriage and the humbug of monogamy, Miles Malleson wrote and published Yours Unfaithfully in 1933. Mint Theater Company is giving this charming and disarming comedy/drama a premiere showing through February 18th, under the direction of Jonathon Bank. For this discovery, we owe them a great thanks.

Creatives    Directing Jonathan Bank     Sets Carolyn Mraz     Costumes Hunter Kaczorowski     Lights Xavier Pierce     Original Music & Sound Jane Shaw     Projections Katherine Freer     Props Joshua Yocom     Casting Stephanie Klapper, CSA     Product
Max von Essen and Mikaela Izquierdo in Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson. Photo © Richard Termine

 

 

Stephen Meredith (Max von Essen) is blissfully enjoying his wife’s beneficence. Anne (Elisabeth Gray) has given her blessing for him to “get into some mischief” with Diana Streathfield (Mikaela Izquierdo) in the hope that an affair would rejuvenate Stephen and end his writer’s block.

Neither she nor Stephen imagine any other consequence. They are acting on their convictions that a strong marriage can withstand other and lesser alliances, just as Stephen’s father, the Rev. Meredith (Stephen Schnetzer) acts on his principles when he is shocked to learn of Stephen and Diana’s dalliance. Anne’s confidant and the Merediths’ friend, Dr. Alan Kirby (Todd Cerveris) preaches the counterbalance of the head to the heart.

The brilliantly deft production of Yours Unfaithfully is a welcome addition to the Mint archive. As is customary in a Mint production, sets and costumes have a panache as well. The scenic (by Carolyn Mraz) and costume (by Hunter Kaczorowski) design are admirable. The top-notch ensemble brings Malleson’s smart vision to life with an easy flair. It’s a tribute to all involved that one can’t peg Yours Unfaithfully as  drama, or drawing-room comedy; it transcends labels and stands on its own.

For more information and tickets, please visit the Mint website.

 

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The summertime blues….

Indian Summer by Gregory S. Moss at Playwrights Horizons Directed by Carolyn Cantor. Pictured Jonathan Hadary, Owen Campbell & Elise Kibler. Photo © Joan Marcus
Indian Summer by Gregory S. Moss at
Playwrights Horizons
Directed by Carolyn Cantor. Pictured Jonathan Hadary, Owen Campbell & Elise Kibler. Photo © Joan Marcus

Fleeting and deeply emotional relationships between teens-at- leisure flare up regularly during vacations by the shore.

Gregory S. Moss’ dramedy, Indian Summer, at Playwrights Horizons through June 26th, is on the face of it about teen romance.

Daniel (Owen Campbell) is deposited at the Rhode Island seaside cottage to spend summer with his mother’s stepfather, George (Jonathan Hadary.) On the beach, he encounters a belligerent townie, Izzy (Elise Kibler) with whom he shares a summer moment.

Izzy and Daniel are both dreamers. Izzy’s curiosity makes her as much outsider as Daniel is. Her slacker boyfriend, Jeremy (Joe Tippett), doesn’t share their vision of the world. He is both amused and jealous of their rapport.

Photo © Joan Marcus: Owen Campbell, Joe Tippett & Elise Kibler
Photo © Joan Marcus: Owen Campbell, Joe Tippett & Elise Kibler

Breaking down the 4th wall is almost an affectation with young playwrights these days. It features a character chatting at the audience in a narration. The fourth wall Moss takes down in this case is the cedar cabin George inhabits.

Joe Tippett & Owne Campbell. Photo © Joan Marcus
Joe Tippett & Owen Campbell. Photo © Joan Marcus

The cedar frames a sand dune set cleverly designed by Dane Laffrey.

George’s monologues are instructive and amusing, but seem beside the point– until they don’t.

The excellent, small ensemble is ably directed by Carolyn Cantor. Kaye Voyce’s costumes are casual, cute and carefree, as you’d expect of summer attire.

What could have been a sweet little story turns bittesweet.
Sometimes a story takes a detour, as Indian Summer does.

Is the unexpected zigzag for better or for worse? You decide.

For more information about Indian Summer, please visit the PHnyc website.