By Randi Somers
A new Pier One Theatre comedy opening Saturday deals with relationships from a number of angles; not just same-sex marriage, but also inter-species love. With gay marriage so prevalent in today’s news, it’s not surprising it’s one of the issues in this new play.
Directed by Marc Oliver, Adam Bock’s “Swimming in the Shallows” follows several friends and their complex lives in Twig Beach, Rhode Island.
Barb (Jessica Williams) has become intrigued with Buddhist monks owning only own eight things and wonders if that’s all she wants, too. But her husband keeps buying things to replace things she disposes.
Around the same time, Donna (Ruby Quarton) proposes to her long-term girlfriend Carla Carla (Adi Davis), who says the only way she’ll marry her is if Donna quits smoking.
Donna enlists the help of her gay friend Nick (Jacob Mayforth) to help her quit, while he tries to find a meaningful relationship of his own. Supporting actors include Alder Fletcher and Marc Oliver.
Shallows is staged in an unusual, horizontal way, almost like a comic strip. All of the action is played at the front of the stage, with subtle scene changes and deceptively ordinary dialogue. The play is a comedy, but there are many poignant moments as well, as these people, as ridiculous as their quests sound, face heartache and stumbling blocks along their respective ways.
An online reviewer for TheaterMania writes, “Filled with highly idiosyncratic characters and uproarious situations, Bock traverses a contemporary world of gay weddings, hetrosexual marriages and American capitalism.”
Swimming In The Shallows also augments a new program at Pier One, presenting more than one play per weekend. The opening performance of Shallows is paired with the final performance of The Clean House. Also new is Pier One’s ability to accept credit cards.
“Swiming” opens this weekend and continues July 18-21, and July 27, 28. Then again Aug. 1, 4 and 9. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $14, with discounts for seniors, students and contributors. Tickets are on sale at The Homer Bookstore and at the ticket booth in front of the Theatre. For reservations call 235-7333.
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