Through October 2
DONíT TALK TO THE ACTORS Kavinoky Theatre
By Augustine Warner
Itís an old story in Hollywood that no one pays any attention to the script writer, although sometimes they should.
Anyway, Tom Dudzick is certainly arguing that, in ďDonít Talk to the Actors,Ē that itís not always different on the other coast in his play about a playwright from Buffalo whose play is suddenly purchased for Broadway production.
An aging producer has put together a team, a Chicago director, an aging reality show star and an over-the-hill actor.
Itís the first day in some Broadway area theatrical building where the team is assembling, stage manager Lucinda Shaw (Wendy Hall), director Mike Policzek (Steve Vaughan), actor Curt Logan (Peter Palmisano and actor Beatrice Pomeroy (Pamela Rose Mangus).
Playwright Jerry Przpezniak (Kevin Craig) and fiancť Arlene Wyniarski (Jamie Nablo) arrive from Buffalo to sit through the rehearsals.
Itís immediately clear there are problems with what everyone says is a great script and then they start tearing it apart.
Since Jerry and Arlene are unfamiliar with the process, both are panicking, especially when Arlene discovers Jerry has given up the apartment in Buffalo.
Curt and Beatrice are actors, on and off stage.
Dudzick has been through all of this in his early years as a playwright and probably could identify the individuals behind each role.
Jerry and Arlene react differently as this goes on, Jerry completely rewriting the script and Arlene having a fling with Curt and thinking it means more than it does.
Then, the producer drops dead.
Everyone figures itís all over.
It actually isnít and involves the original script.
You realize from the beginning where this is all going, as Lucinda arrives and sets up the table for the actors in a very anal way.
ďDonít TalkĒ isnít sit com humor, itís more stairway humor with some landings along the way, building toward the conclusion and itís funny.
As director, Dudzick is working with a strong cast, especially Hall and Craig and the others arenít far behind.
David King contributed a strong set of a decaying rehearsal room in one of those anonymous Times Square buildings.
ďDonít Talk to the ActorsĒ isnít great comedy but itís entertaining and funny and there are far worse things.
Itís a pleasant few hours in the Kavinoky.
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