NoHoArtsDistrict.Com Review “Movin’ On Up”
So what happens when we die? It’s an age old question and one that any one simple answer will absolutely, categorically never fully satisfy us all.
“Movin' On Up” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival poses an interesting perspective on what has plagued scholars, both religious and not, since our stories were painted on cave walls.
A man waits in a graveyard, the Watchman, so called presumably because he is sitting, watching, and because he is wearing a watch, which we quickly discover doesn’t actually work. He is joined by another man, Lewis, who seems pretty confused and his frustration at his situation bombards the usually happily silent Watchman with question after question. Where are we? Why are you here? What happens next? Why are you wearing a broken watch? And on and on and on…
As these two disparate characters build some sort of relationship, haltingly and awkwardly, their hilarious and often poignant repartee reminds us how little we know about the one thing that we can guarantee will happen to us all one day - death.
Eventually, another character arrives at this makeshift way station, Joan. A young, pretty women with bandaged hands, she seems to be hiding something and offers a far more robust opposition to the Watchman’s insistence that he is in control.
This is a fascinating piece. It’s full of hilarious observations and beautifully written dialogue. It’s like David Sedaris and Aaron Sorkin got trapped in an elevator on the edge of a cliff…debating the inevitable question, with the knowledge that regardless of what they actually believe what happens next is totally out of their control anyway.
There’s a reason “Movin’ On Up” was named one of The New York International Fringe Festival’s 10 Shows That Stand Out (Producer’s Perspective) and played to sold-out audiences.
Exquisitely written, brilliantly directed and inspiringly well acted, “Movin’ On Up,” an absurdist, existential and overtly amusing play that fits perfectly into the Hollywood Fringe ethos and I urge you to put in on your Fringe calendars immediately!!
Starring: Tessie Barresi, Gary Rubenstein and Jeffrey Wylie.