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She's Not There

InTrouble Productions / New York, NY

Posted: 07/17/2009 2:00 PM | Comments: 0

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An eternal conflict plays out in a fully modern setting in this crisply written and stylishly performed romantic drama, which explores the tensions that arise when long-settled love runs head-on into youthfully exuberant temptation.

Thirty-somethings Casey and Scott (playwright Alix Sobler and her real-life fiancé Jason Neufeld) have been a couple for seven years; they say all the right things and feel all the stage-of-relationship-appropriate feelings — heck, they’re even scheduled to meet with a wedding planner.

But when Scott encounters 22-year-old knockout Raine (Jennifer Hupe) in the apartment building’s elevator lobby, everything gets knocked straight sideways. He finds, in her, everything he used to be (or, at least, wishes he once was) in a drop-dead-gorgeous, conversationally intriguing and, startlingly, very-interested-in-him package.

What follows, in a perfectly paced series of scenes (deftly adjusted by movement of a simple open doorway), is an exploration of feminine wiles, feminist intent and good, old-fashioned, weak-kneed male ego.

Trendy without being trite and fully up to speed with its characters and the times they inhabit, She’s Not There is totally all there.

—Brad Oswald
 

From the official Fringe program:

When is someone's influence inspiring, and when is it insipid?
At what point do you decide to stick it out, and when do you pack it in?
How can you tell if someone is full of life…or full of something else?

A couple's happy, if not boring, existence is challenged when "the perfect girl" enters their lives.

By the creator of "The Cloud Factory".

alixsobler.wordpress.com

Warnings: Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience

60 min.

Venue#2 MTC Up the Alley 174 Market Ave (Entrance on John Hirsch Pl)

Tickets: $9

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