Just a couple of the plays reviewed this week by Michele:
Lonely Planet is a two-character play by Steven Dietz. It tells the story of Jody and Carl, two gay men who live in an unnamed American city. It was written during the midst of the AIDS epidemic, which is the central focus of the story, though ultimately the play sends the message that one should pay attention to the world and realize its problems rather than shun it. The play heavily references the Eugène Ionesco comedy The Chairs.
Two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, First Daughter Suite) stars as a volatile psychoanalyst off her meds in this new psychological horror at The Beckett. Presented by All for One Theater, the story follows her increasingly unhinged quest for personal balance after the death of her nephew.
Squeamish is the third horror play from Aaron Mark, following the acclaimed Empanada Loca and Another Medea. The latter, which debuted Off-Off Broadway in 2015 and took the form of a monologue of a murderous sociopath, was called “inherently disturbing” by Time Out New York. We don’t doubt that Squeamish repeats the trick!