Saturday, July 29, 2006

Orange Lemon Egg Canary: 07/29/2006

Maybe if more plays were produced on Broadway like Rinne Groff’s Orange Lemon Egg Canary, we wouldn’t be lamenting the death of Broadway every season. Groff writes for the theater – there’s no don’t about it. OLEC may be her most theatrical play to date because it uses magic as a metaphor for modern romance. Magic tricks pump through the veins of this play as dose belief in the supernatural, making for one heck of a time in the theater. At the center of it all is Steve Cuiffo as Great, a magician, and his new lover (girlfriend?), Trilby, a waitress who wants to learn his tricks. Cuiffo is great as Great as is Emily Swallow as the ghost of Henrietta, Great’s grandfather’s former assistant. And Andromache Chalfant is becoming the Ming Cho Lee of off Broadway; his sets are envirnoments and add a depth to every show that enhabits one of them. Long time Rinne Groff colaborator, Micheal Sexton, directs this show with a skill that should make every playwright be bidding for his talents. Like so many shows Off and Off-Off Broadway, it’s seems yet again something great in the theater way too quickly disappears.

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