The Reedy Point Players last night took Dennis Bush’s “Find Me” and found their own sweet spot with a captivating performance that was at times tough to watch because of its intensity.
The six actors – four women and two men – deftly handled the material, drawing the audience in and creating an intimacy that ended up being as wrenching as it was compelling.
I hope that is what they were trying to achieve.
The play, by Dennis Bush, violates most of the playwriting rules such as, “don’t tell me, show me,” and “don’t break the fourth wall.” I wonder if a weaker cast could have pulled it off as well as the one that took the stage last night.
Elise, played by Kathleen Kimber, set the sleight of hand early in the show as she struggled with new technology, which ultimately led to introspection and concern about personal limitations perceived or imagined.
Gina Olkowski followed quickly behind with the beginnings of a story that would ultimately turn into a, a, a, … I’m still not quite sure what it was except upsetting and captivating.
And on it went.
Each character opening up as if you were part of a “Twilight Zone” disconnected dinner party and you got to overhear snippets of conversations, no not conversations, but stories.
As each character built up steam, the intensity became relentless. From Jody’s physical life and death odyssey (played with understated devastating effect by Becca Canton), to the overwhelming paranoia of Krystal played with aplomb by Kristen Valania, the characters bobbed and weaved keeping you guessing until the end.
The casting BTW was superb. It was just the right mix of youth, beauty, and age.
I admit struggling with the story. The acting was superb, but I wasn’t quite sure what the author was trying to convey; I’m sure that’s my fault, not his. Although it seemed the two young women were foils for each, as were the two older women, and the two young men. Not sure what that means – not even sure I’m right.
Gabe was superb. He caught the exact pain of anguishing lost love and angst.
For a while I was wondering if Gil, played by Matthew Furman, was the evil step brother of Jody. Like the other characters, his internal demons were portrayed with the appropriate amounts of anger, quiet, and resignation.
The Reedy Point Players will take this show to the regional finals of a competition festival next week. I’m not sure how they judge these things, but it seems to me this one act is a winner, if not objectively, than surely in the subjective world where all art resides.