An award winning playwright. An award winning Director. An award winning design team.
A pretty good pedigree for a play, and a lot to live up to.
And The Road Theatre Company’s production of ‘Things Being What They Are’ lives up to it and then some.
It’s a deceptively simple premise really. Two neighbors meet, one man is moving in to the neighborhood and the other is divorced and trying to move on. These two apparent opposites somehow find a connection, a camaraderie in the pain of their failing relationships and the deep irony of their lives.
Bernie Zilinskas plays Bill, a highly wound ‘good guy’ whose cheating wife keeps him waiting and fearful of the future. Chet Grissom plays his alter ego Jack, a crude but affable ‘good ol’ boy’ who’s impending divorce, due mostly to his own infidelities, hovers over him like a bad dream.
Both of these excellent actors make these roles their own.
These simple, familiar characters are played with honesty, affection and with a skill and an ease that seemingly belies the talent of these experienced and nuanced performers.
This play is so close to truth that I found myself forgetting I was in a theatre at all. It was as if I were sitting with them, beer in hand, lamenting the twists and turns of life and finding solace in the comfort of strangers, as they do with each other, while they wait, Godot-like, for their lives to reboot.
This beautifully written, superbly directed and truthfully acted play is well worth your time and I highly recommend it!
‘Things Being What They Are’ The Road on Lankershim, 5108 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood.
The play runs from Thursday April 23rd until Sunday June 21st. Thursdays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm.
www.RoadTheatre.org for tickets and prices.
Bill - Bernie Zilinskas
Jack - Chet Grissom
Adele - Stephanie Erb
Set Design - Stephen Gifford
Lighting Design - Derrick McDaniel
Stage Manager - Tony Carnaghi