The Hub Project

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Producers Annette Madden and Cara Marcous

presents

LAPSE

By CARA MARCOUS

Walkerspace, June 4 – 19, 2004

 

 

Directed by RICHARD TOTH

Scenic Design MATT DOWNS-McADON

Sound Design BRAY POOR

Lighting Design JUSTIN TOWNSEND

Costume Design KAY LEE

Stage Manager KATE SWAN

 

Cast

(in alphabetical order)

Andrew Bauer – Marty

Robert Fass – William

Christopher Logan Healy – Hank

Angela Madden – Jane

Annette Madden – Sylvia

Cara Marcous – Rocka

 

LAPSE image courtesy of The Hub Project Cara Marcous’ first full-length play, LAPSE, has the dual distinction of also being the first full-length production to be staged by The Hub Project, a not-for-profit company dedicated to providing support for "groundbreaking independent artists working in New York." An oddly out of synch study of six individuals caught up in routine, yet thwarted by shifts in time, perception, memory and good judgment, this is the kind of play that can leave an audience feeling like perhaps we did not quite grasp the big picture the first time around. That’s a compliment!

What LAPSE does well is convey that the seemingly conventional can be a cover for the bizarre. As we watch the characters repeat the machinations of the mundane, we are soon keyed into the fact that all is not so simple below the surface. A seemingly benign Doctor and former child prodigy, Marty (played with a beguiling façade of innocence by Andrew Bauer), has invented a "cure" that manipulates time within the mind of anyone who takes his remedy. We see the effects of his "happy pills" on local waitress Jane (deliciously portrayed by Angela Madden), and soon come to realize that there is something a bit, perhaps, unintentionally sinister in Marty’s grand plan. Construction worker Hank (a stalwart Christopher Logan Healy) recognizes the danger, aware that Marty intends to give his "cure" to the lonely and daring Sylvia (the perky Annette Madden). To complete the picture, Ms. Marcous chimes in with a quietly refined performance as Rocka, a woman with no recollection of her past, who meets a stranger named William (Robert Fass), who will deceive her in the most basic of ways.

With the talented cast in place, LAPSE also features some notable production values. Director Richard Toth has incorporated the time shift sensibilities so present in the script in a way that only enhances the action. The set (Matt Downs-McAdon) is just right and an impressive use of space, suggesting Jane’s diner, Marty’s apartment, the street and a construction zone simultaneously. Kay Lee’s costumes are perfect for each character. Justin Townsend’s moody lighting and Bray Poor’s ambient sound complete the picture.

Not the easiest of plays to comprehend, I will summarize by saying that LAPSE is about lapses. Be they of time, memory or judgment, they affect characters, effect change, and bring together six seemingly disparate individuals on a street corner in New York City. It may not be the Twilight Zone, but LAPSE exists somewhere out there, in a place that is not quite here underneath, but appears to be so on the surface.

- Kessa De Santis -

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