David Benedict Brown and Stephanie IzsakParty Madness is infectious
by Jim Murchison
Attila Clemman's set has two adjoining back yards that tell slightly different stories about their occupants. One home has the backyard barbecue, patio furniture and sliding glass doors. The other has the rickety screen door, unfinished deck and backyard debris. The laundry hanging from the clotheslines serve as a screen for projections of neighbourhood scenes and Madison Avenue images of perfect commercial backyard barbecue moments.
There is in fact less different than what appears on the surface of the two homes and the people. The appearance of stability masks the actual financial ledge that most of us are perched upon. This becomes more apparent as the play develops.
The neighbours; Sharon played by Stephanie Izsak and Kenny played by David Benedict Brown have clearly fallen further and are what neighbourhood gossips refer to as the wrong type of people. They are people that the audience falls in love with however and the actors throw themselves into the roles with abandon.
Runtime: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission