Review by Kelly McClean
Players, a two-act indie production running at Myrons Cabaret, was written by locals Graham Putnam, Jason Rogerson and Josh Weale and is based on today's pop culture and how it is taking over our lives. Have you ever been caught up in TV, computers, movies etc, then raised your head to find that days, weeks, or even months have drifted by while you lazed around in your hum drum world? If so, you'll think twice about these things-all while having a good laugh during this clever and witty play.
The eight-person cast untangles a tale of a young man caught in a dead end job and an even more dead end relationship. Along the way it looks at hopes and dreams and finds broken hearts. These are heavy topics examined in a dry and brutally honest style, yet with a lot of humour.
The sets, designed by Graham Putnam, are simple and realistic. (I'm sure we've all had our share of apartments with old beat up couches, posters on the walls, and flags for curtains.) But the action doesn't all take place on stage. The cast members perform different scenes in various locations in and around the cabaret amidst the audience. This is a great way to keep the viewers attention, and to make the most of the space available.
Don't be surprised if during Players you feel a pang of guilt for knowing the Party of Five family tree, or for being able to quote lines and catch phrases from any number of network sitcoms. Perhaps you'll break into a sweat when you realize that maybe your life is as stagnant as that of some of these characters. If so then I think that the writers and actors have made their point. Get out of your chair and into the real world. "Leave the sidelines, and become player."
One last note for all you pop culture fanatics-I recognize that there is a time and a place for sitting around and soaking in a day's worth of MTV, or unlimited internet hours. Heck, if it wasn't for pop culture this satire on life in the 90s and today would never have been made. But it's time to get off your couch and head down to Myron's Cabaret to enjoy a real live evening of fun.