Written by Fransisco Castro
Directed by Joe Lorenzo
I’ve come to expect great things whenever I have the opportunity to attend a play at The Actors Workout Studio and this new production of ‘Anything Serious’ by Above The Curve Theatre offers absolutely no reason to change those expectations.
Set in Portland, “Anything Serious” is the story of two sometime friends who eventually become lovers, but are determined to avoid an actual relationship. They spend the rest of the play trying to find a good reason not to fall in love with each other. With the help and the hindrance of their hilarious and brilliantly portrayed assortment of friends, Jessica and Martin, played with warmth, pathos and a dangerously heartfelt humor by Nicole Rochell and Anthony Marquez, offer us a very funny and painfully honest window into their dilemma. A serious ‘will she won’t he’.
As the play progresses we get to know their wonderful assortment of friends and watch with them as the two fall for each other, despite every attempt not to.
I loved this play…it’s brilliantly funny, achingly real and all the characters are delightfully alarming in their honest and frank love for one another.
This is the kind of life we would all love to lead, full of deep, loyal friendships and arcs of story that resolve and renew rather than lead us to a cliched nowhere.
The humor is crass at times, but sweetly so, never putting a cheap laugh before the connections each character clearly cherishes with one another. These friends make the play work on altogether another level and each actor brings an amazing level of respect and care to the play.
Everyone’s story is important, and when time has been taken to write something poetic and beautiful about a love that might seem commonplace and ordinary, it is certainly worthy of high praise. The truth of it is that all love is uncommon and must be respected, cherished and valued. We must all risk everything and anything to grab on to true love when we have the chance, without fear or desperation.
“Anything Serious” is a play about love…stupid, crazy, in the way, bad timing, complicated, unwanted and unexpected love…the best kind of love in fact.
Every single actor brings their A-game. This is truly an ensemble piece and one of the best casts I have seen in a long time.
Do yourself a huge favor, go and see “Anything Serious” at The Actors Workout Studio, 4735 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo Arts District, 91602
I highly and enthusiastically recommend this brilliantly written and deftly directed play…Bravo!!
Nicole Rochell, Anthony Marquez, Joe Lorenzo, Seth Russell, Vanessa Lorenzo, Maikiko James, Keegan Winfield.