December 11, 2013
Suburban Players stage puzzling comedy Private Eyes by Steven DietzMonday, October 21, 2013
Mind boggling, but fun play on love, lust and deception
The recent production celebrating the awesome 50th season of the Suburban Players is an entertaining but puzzling comedy by Steven Dietz, a productive playwright and director, born in 1958. He authored more than thirty plays including award-winning works that range from the political to the comedic.
Dietz is one of the most staged playwrights in the US, excluding Shakespeare. His place in the top ten is shared by Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams.
In Private Eyes, the central theme is personal betrayal and deception, which appear in a dramatic tapestry, cleverly woven in a manner that nothing is what it seems. In this comedy of suspicion, a relationship thriller about love, lust and deception, is what is happening actually not really happening at all?
The author states that a play about lies must be a comedy, since only laughter can make us accept truths we are not fond of.
Only laughter is generous enough to make us listen to our foibles and witness our own debacles. Deception, half truths, hidden proofs that appear in tapestries woven by more deception come to the fore. Indeed, it all happens on a stage, in a theatre. Matt directs a play and auditions Lisa. Is she his wife? Who is Adrian, is he having an affair with her? Did this really happen? What does Frank, Matt’s psychiatrist, have to say? Who is married to whom? A bizarre, mysterious waitress and a private eye appear … for what exactly?
The play boggles the mind in an amusing way, especially with the performance of a first-class cast and the easy manner in which they sail through this action’s disconcerting waters and the variety of moods they have to juggle with.
This is a complicated, difficult play, but Hugo Halbrich is an experienced director who can safely land on safe shores. And he does so, specially with talented thespians such as Juan Manuel Barrera Henández (Matthew), Sabrina Goldin (Lisa), Sean Wellington (Adrian), Carolina Alfonsín (the waitress Cory) and Roman Chlapowski (Frank), in order of appearance. Good, ably handled, functional sets, designed by Eduardo Palma and Sylveen Smith.
Where and when
The Playhouse — Moreno 80 // San Isidro // 4747 4470 // Friday, Saturday, 9pm / Sunday 7.30pm // For reservations: www.thesuburbanplayers.com