Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Arts & Exhibits

‘Trudy and Max’ at South Coast Rep, Nottage’s ‘Vera Stark’ in paperback

See also

It’s hard to believe South Coast Repertory workshopped Zoe Kazan’s “Trudy and Max in Love” (playing through January 26) at last year’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. This seriocomedy about an adulterous affair seems like a play in mid-development; it also has the feel of an unsold screenplay adapted for the stage. Though Act II is tighter and more focused than the first act, they could be easily trimmed by 10-15 minutes each.

On the plus side, Trudy is a sharply-drawn characterization of a contemporary young woman, and Kazan (herself a young actress) gives her far more credible dialogue than one typically hears on stage. And while this overly long play doesn’t always work it’s a rare attempt at depicting emotional honesty in awkward and difficult situations, from a woman’s POV.
** ** ** ** **
Related posts:

Barry McGovern’s one-man Beckett show, Christopher Plummer’s ‘Word’ solo http://www.examiner.com/article/barry-mcgovern-s-one-man-beckett-show-ch...

O’Neill’s ‘Long Day’s Journey’ at Maverick, Culture Clash at SCFTA’s Off-Center http://www.examiner.com/article/o-neill-s-long-day-s-journey-at-maverick...

Best of Orange County Theatre 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/best-of-orange-county-theatre-2013

** ** ** ** **
Celeste Den lights up the stage (as she did in “Chinglish”) in a series of supporting roles, and Tate Ellington impresses in his brief stage time as well. Aya Cash and Michael Weston have the far more complex roles of Trudy and Max which they bring off with multi-faceted credibility, especially Cash. Lila Neugebauer’s direction is invisible at times, marked at others. Call 714-708-5555.

A more assured play workshopped a few years earlier at SCR’s playwrights festival, Lynn Nottage’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” was recently published by Theatre Communication Group (available in paperback from www.tcg.org). This take on the African American experience in Golden Age Hollywood—which I regrettably missed in its West Coast debut at the Geffen Playhouse in 2012—deftly blends screwball comedy with social commentary.

More from Jordan:

Newport Beach Restaurant Week begins, Pink Martini returns to SCFTA http://www.examiner.com/article/newport-beach-restaurant-week-begins-pin...

Where to dine before the show in Costa Mesa—Leatherby’s
http://exm.nr/eO3VZJ

Chagall & Magritte highlight NYC exhibits, Hockney shows closing in LA, San Fran
http://www.examiner.com/article/chagall-magritte-highlight-nyc-exhibits-...

Visit my Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jordan-R.-Young/e/B001K8E7NW
Like a heads up when I post a new article? Just click where it says "Subscribe to get instant updates" at the top. (Not getting the emails? Keep in mind I post about 2-3 times a week). You can also share this article with your facebook/twitter friends by clicking the appropriate buttons above.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • NBA point guards
    The other guys: NBA's top 5 underrated point guards
    Camera
    NBA Buzz
  • Gwen Stefani
    From Snoop Dogg to Gwen Stefani: The special Coachella guests we loved seeing
    Camera
    Music News
  • The Ultimate Warrior
    An autopsy on the Ultimate Warrior reveals what suddenly killed the wrestling hero
    Video
    Fight Sports
  • Marlon Wayans
    Exclusive: Marlon Wayans dishes on 'A Haunted House 2' and getting sexy with a doll
    Movies Buzz
  • Scott Harnell
    Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been fined $5K for spearing
    NHL Buzz
  • Game of Thrones
    The stars of 'Game of Thrones' react to the shocking purple wedding
    Video
    TV Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!