Gait's Gulch Productions

presents

CONNECTIONS

Written and Produced by VERNON CHURCH

  

Based on the September 18 through October 20, 2002 run at Theater for the New City

 

Directed by LAURENCE SHANET

Set Design FAY TORRES-YAP

Costumes OMAYRA PABON

Lighting MARK HANKLA

Sound FRED STESNEY

Original Music SEAN ALTMAN

Stage Manager RAUL POPOV

Press Representative ORIGLIO PR

 

THE COMPANY

(in alphabetical order)

Kina Bermudez - Sean Devine - Rich Egan - Cristy Ferrante - Max Goldberg

Amanita Heird - Jennifer Maturo - Suzie Moon - Jenny Moss - Shellee Nicols Michael S. Rush - Sonya Tsuchigane - Franca Vercelloni

 

CAST (for production reviewed)

RICHARD EGAN as Victor

SHELLEE NICOLS as Loli

MICHAEL RUSH as Francis

CRISTY FERRANTE as Gina

MAX GOLDBERG as Dan, Roy and Fedora

AMANITA HEIRD as Nan

FRANCA VERCELLONI as Helen

SUZIE MOON as Pui

KINA BERMUDEZ as the Montage women (Storm, Valerie, Sue, Maria)

 

CONNECTIONS, by Vernon Church, is a comic look at the modern and addictive world of internet dating.  Sure to make one run from the online personals, in spite of the authorís success at making a virtual love connection, this play introduces a steady stream of unbalanced folks. 

 

Here, we follow recently divorced Victor, encouraged by friend Francis, on his initiation into the world of online dating.  Victor is quickly addicted, and loses it all, including real romance and a good job, in pursuit of one more date.  In the course of the action, we are briefly introduced to some of Victorís online ladies.  Surely an exaggerated amalgam of the real people out there, as characters, they are mere tidbits, and very unreal as scripted. 

A flawed production, the entirety could do with some polish.  The back wall projections are odd, most all the actors play their parts as if they were doing purposely unflattering caricatures, and the basic premise is too flimsy to account for the stage time allotted here.  Even worse, the online women are reduced to characteristics mapped out on a chart.  No wonder they are all so horrible when we meet them!

 

Yikes!  This made me want to unplug my pc and quarantine all my e-mail.  Too disconnected, I guess, to comprehend the necessity of these CONNECTIONS.

 

- Kessa De Santis -

 

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