Neil LaBute has made a career out of dissecting the sexes and how they relate to each other. His works often create tension and rarely provide a happy ending, often leaving the audience with unanswered questions and plenty to talk about on the ride home. He is at it again and this time it is for the play Some Girl(s), now playing in Lakewood at The Edge Theatre Company.
Some Girl(s) is a play about some guy, literally named “Guy.” He has just turned 33 and is about to get married when he decided to travel the country to visit his ex-girlfriends and right all of the wrongs that he left in his wake. His first visit is to Sam, his high school sweetheart that he left just before prom. He then meets up with Tyler, the care-free uninhibited one that taught him a great deal about sex. After Tyler he then stops in to see Lindsay, the older college professor that he had an illicit affair with. And last, he seeks out Bobbi, the one that got away. Throughout the production, Guy finds out just how much he hurt all of these women, gets a few surprises, and seems to learn… well… just about nothing.
The setting is a hotel room – any hotel room – that morphs very little between each meeting. It serves to illustrate how each woman blends in the next, but also ends up adding to the repetition of the script. Despite some strong dialog, it is actually a fairly monotonous script that makes one wonder how many times you can watch the same conversation happen between different people. However – the production is saved by strong direction and actors that truly throw themselves into their respective roles.
James O’Hagan-Murphy takes on the role of Guy, bringing all of his youthful charm and energy to each moment. With O’Hagan-Murphy’s warmth and spirit, it is easy to see why all of these girls fell for him. However, he also brings enough realism and commitment to the character that it is equally easy to hate him.
All of the women are also particularly strong. The standout being Haley Johnson as Sam, with the most heartfelt and touching scene of the production. Missy Moore and Karli Kaiser as Bobbi and Tyler are also quite impressive, both creating very believable and touching women with back-stories that any woman can relate to.
The direction by Rick Yaconis is clear and precise, bringing meaningful movement and interesting visuals to what could otherwise feel very stagnant and repetitive. Yaconis and his cast have done a fine job finding the right moments to highlight and actually present a very interesting and entertaining production.
Some Girl(s) brings up a lot of questions and the only real statement that it makes is that men are terrible and that women are easily manipulated and victimized. You may not agree with what the production is saying, but it is still an entertaining evening of high quality theatre.
The Edge Theatre Presents:
Neil LaBute’s biting and intriguing exposé of the modern male.
Sept 23 – Oct 23
Fri./ Sat. at 8:00 p.m.; Sun. at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $18.00* adult; $14.00 Students & seniors
Industry Night Performance: Monday October 10 at 8:00 p.m.
303-232-0363 or online at www.theedgetheatre.com.
*prices will vary on opening night and Industry night
The Edge Theater, 9797 W Colfax Ave – Lakewood, CO 80215