She must be hot

 

I'm In Love With Your Wife

 

Written by Alex Goldberg
Directed by Tom Wojtunik
Produced by Changuitos Productions (www.changuitosproductions.com)

Midtown International Theater Festival (www.midtownfestival.org for showtimes)
WorkShop Theater Jewel Box Space,
312 W. 36th St., 4th Floor
Equity showcase (closed
August 3, 2007)
Review by Byrne Harrison

 

Gary (Ean Sheehy) is not having a particularly good run of luck. His wife thinks he's lousy at phone sex. His secretary (Monica Yudovich) doesn't respect him. Dr. Feldberg, his psychiatrist (Ron Palillo), is obsessed with Jon Voight. His best friend Paul (Shane Jacobsen) is having an affair with his wife. And Paul's wife, Gail (Katie Kreisler), is too.

So what's a guy to do?  Have them all over for a dinner party.

That's the gist of Alex Goldberg's farce, I'm In Love With Your Wife. While the show seems a little uneven and could certainly be tightened up, it is amusing and features some wonderful actors. Director Tom Wojtunik, who has several successful Off-Off Broadway comedies under his belt, uses the small stage of the WorkShop Jewel Box Theater to great effect, keeping the actors moving and the stage pictures interesting. Despite all that motion, however, the play still seems a little slow. It's certainly not due to the brilliant Jacobsen and Yudovich, both of whom crackle with energy, sexual and otherwise, during their time onstage. Even Sheehy, whose Gary is a real downer, has a certain nervous, depressed energy that keeps the play zipping along.

More than anything else, the problem appears to be Goldberg's script itself. For farce to work, the play has to be razor sharp. I'm In Love With Your Wife is funny and clever, but it hasn't been honed to that fine of an edge. In some cases, this manifests itself in a scene that keeps going after the point has been made and the jokes have run out. Or it appears in the long, long series of jokes about Dr. Feldberg's obsession with Jon Voight; a few are funny, a whole lot aren't. Or it may appear in a character, Ruth, a patient who pretends to be Dr. Feldberg's date at the dinner party, who, though amusing and well-played by Marion Wood, is superfluous.

That being said, there is more that works in this play than doesn't and it is better than quite a bit that gets produced. And it is very satisfying watching Gary go from being a victim of his life to being the star of it; he's the underdog that you want to see succeed. But when the house lights came up at the end of the show, one can’t help thinking of how close it was to being a much, much better play.

 

Box Score:

 

Writing: 1

Directing: 1

Acting: 2

Sets: 1

Costumes: 1

Lighting/Sound: 1

 

Copyright 2007 Byrne Harrison

 

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