Theatre Review: “Any Given Monday”
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How do you show your best pal how much you love him? Well naturally you murder his wife’s lover, or at least that’s what Mickey’s character, in Bruce Graham’s dark comedy “Any Given Monday,” believes. Directed by Shanea N. Taylor for Firehouse Theatre Project, the play centers around two best buddies, aggressive, macho-man Mickey, played by the hilarious and talented Nicholas Aliff, and Lenny, played by the loveable David T. Zimmerman.
Lenny’s college-age daughter and philosophy major, Sarah, played by Kerry McGee, has returned home from college for a visit, to find her father and his buddy scheming. But, instead of being horrified Sarah is actually intrigued by Mickey’s homicidal tendencies and decides to base a college paper on the duo’s morally challenging predicament.
Lenny and his wife Risa, played by Starlet Knight, have recently been separated but after the untimely death of her lover, Risa decides to come home to her family. And what she finds is a new “tough-guy” Lenny, who has been coached to be so by Sarah. Lenny makes a confession to Risa hoping that she will find him dangerous and exciting, and it actually works! And everyone lives happily ever after, maybe.
Zimmerman and Aliff give solid performances as Lenny and Mickey and there are several funny moments between the two. Their relationship was believable and relatable as everyone has “that one friend” who’s kinda like Mickey, always pulling out of your comfort zone.
Kerry McGee gives a strong performance as Sarah, playing every girl at that age in college where we believe we know everything, because we took an intro class on the topic. Knight is regal and sophisticated as Risa and while I very much enjoyed her performance and found her elegant and refined, I felt she just did not fit in with her family; coming off as more of an aristocratic, “Southern Bell” than the wife of a public school teacher.
The set is well constructed but lacked a little as far as design. It is hard to get a feeling of the family’s identity. Risa seems to be a bit haughty and image conscious but the outdated worn furniture and hodge podge of decorations just don’t seem to fit. In the beginning of Act I, Risa and Sarah perform monologues under spotlights in front of the stage which completely obscured their facial expressions, but thankfully this was corrected by Act II. Holly Sullivan’s costumes are appropriate and believable, for a middle class family living inPhiladelphiain 2004.
“Any Given Monday” is running at Firehouse Theatre through March 9th.
www.firehousetheatre.org for details
Jen Maciulewicz is theatre critic for GAYRVA.com and is a Richmond local. Jen attended VCU and holds a B.S. in Anthropology. She has starred as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes" and attended VCU’s School of Music. Follow Jen on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jenlaumac.
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