Soho Rep.

www.sohorep.org

with

True Love Productions

presents

EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT

By MARK SCHULTZ

Soho Rep., 46 Walker St., NYC, April 7 – May 8, 2005

 

Directed by DANIEL AUKIN

Set Designer KIP MARSH

Lighting Designer JANE COX

Costume Designer KIM GILL

Sound Designer SHANE RETTIG

Publicity SAM RUDY MEDIA RELATIONS

Cast

Heather – Naomi Aborn

Charlotte – Laura Heisler

Franklin – Jason Jurman

Harry – Christopher McCann

Gary – Geoffrey Nauffts

Freddie – Reynaldo Valentin

Mark Schultz’s EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT is a dark and difficult play about one girl’s life in the aftermath of her mother’s death. Sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing, the work is steeped in allusion just enough to make it unpredictable.

Mired in fantasy, verbally abused and abusive, and hard to categorize, we meet the teen at the center of this drama, Charlotte, and her emotionally detached father, Harry. EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT is constructed so that the story is revealed from Charlotte’s point of view, allowing the audience to experience her altered perceptions and fantasies along with what "really" happens to her. We also feel her connection to the story of Helen of Troy, as she both pines for the return of her own beautiful mother and finds solace in the notion that beauty and desire can be forces of destruction. At points, the real and the imagined are difficult to discern clearly, as neither world, ultimately, is a very pleasant place to be.

Charlotte takes refuge in an imaginary best friend/popular girl named Heather. Heather represents everything Charlotte is not, or believes herself to be lacking, and is played with just the right level of adolescent smarts and bubbly enthusiasm by Naomi Aborn. In stark contrast, Laura Heisler’s Charlotte rides a personality rollercoaster ranging from timid and fragile to vindictive and cruel, and the gifted actress is with her character every step of the way. Her tangible emotional shifts were quite realistic and impressive indeed, but Heisler also exhibits good comic timing. Clearly, performance, words and direction have melded quite seamlessly where the central point of EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT is concerned, and that resonates.

Charlotte has odd, sex-driven interactions with everyone from her guidance counselor (Geoffrey Nauffts) to pal Franklin and boy of her dreams Freddy. She imagines porn as the ideal career path, viciously accuses Franklin of being gay when he refuses to sleep with her, and mistakes sex for affection when Freddy takes her up on an offer to service him. These scenarios contain many of the most disturbing and violent moments of the play, but it is the father daughter relationship that is full of the sort small cruelties that make the deepest cuts. Only in the final moments of the play is there any sense of affection between the two. This is the first time we see the possibility that EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT.

Mark Schultz may not have created something pretty in offering EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT for the world to consider, but joined by director Daniel Aukin and a gifted cast, this production is a success. Startling and unsettlingly authentic in its contemplation of human behavior, I cannot call this play a delight, but I can say that it is what it is meant to be, provocative.

- Kessa De Santis -

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