Above the Curve Theatre Presents “For Better,” Written by Eric Coble and Directed by Vanessa Lorenzo.
Running from May 3 through May 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm
T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St, North Hollywood 91602
Above The Curve Theatre Company always seem to find plays that tug at the heart.
I was stunned by their “26 Pebbles” last year and now they bring a very different kind of play to us.
“For Better” is a comedic look at family, love, miscommunication, misplaced affections and taking the ultimate leap.
Set around a young woman, her family and tight circle of friends, all of whom lead very busy lives, traveling around the country and the world for their work and all of whom attempt to maintain their tenuous bonds via text, email and cell phones. Much like the rest of us who catch up on Facebook and Instagram and Whatsapp and barely have time to actually see anyone. She’s in love and, although she has only been in the same place as her boyfriend who also travels for work, twice, she is ecstatic when he proposes via Skype. Her family and friends feelings however are a little more mixed.
Once her sister gets her ear she begins to lose her nerve and then, as if her mood unsettles the universe itself, all those around her begin to fall apart…all in their own unique and hilarious ways.
Yes, it’s a comedy, but there are also some interesting and very relevant parallels with our own cyber soaked lives. How well do really know each other – our friends, our siblings, our partners? Can we be too judgmental? Or not enough? Do we always have to be right? That last question is for me…
This is a play about courage in the face of emotional fear, self doubt, self-induced isolation, and the frightening and time melting habit of misplaced ambition. “For Better” is romantic and funny and a little unsettling at times one way or another, but it’s passionately produced and beautifully acted and the audience around me absolutely loved it. It’s a bit like “Sleepless in Seattle” meets “The Terminator”…but with a lot less death…a lot less.
Modern existence can be very confusing and technology quite often makes it more of a mine field than ever. How many of us have sent cranky emails about some nitwit to a friend and then realize that we have actually sent it back to the person we were bitching about? No one? Just me eh…well that’s technology for you, never reliable when you need it to be!
Love in the time of technology, a thousand emails of servitude, all these stories are timeless and our own.
The very clever folks at Above the Curve have managed to coordinate a play where most of the conversations are on the phone or by text and email and all choreographed with perfect timing and aplomb on stage while our heads spin and our sides ache with laughter…well done!! Loved it!!!
It’s a perilously short run, so don’t dawdle…get your tickets now!!! http://www.abovethecurvetheatre.com
Shirley Dalmas, Erica Brauer, Keegan Winfield, Anthony Marquez, Ric Amaya, Michael Pratt.