Do you trust your dark side?
By Eli Hans, photo by Alley Channel
Fasten your seatbelt for the next Playreaders production on February 18, 19 and 20. The sexy and risqué dark comedy Trust, by Paul Weitz, explores the imbalance of power in our everyday relationships, and the often-subconscious undercurrents of our darker side.Theater Trust Tue–Thu, Feb 18, 19 and 20, 7:30pm Doors open at 7pm St. Paul’s Church Cardo 6 20 pesos 185-8093
Always funny, with clever dialogue and unusual situations, the play is about the nebbish Harry, a multimillionaire who is unfulfilled even though he has everything anyone could wish for. His dead-end marriage to his shadow-artist wife, Aleeza, is blander than bland. So, in order to inject some pizzaz into his life, he finds himself in an S and M parlor, where he meets Prudence, a beautiful and powerful dominatrix. Though he doesn’t enjoy the experience, what happens there sets off a domino effect of changes that affect the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Prudence is not so tough in her real life, stuck in an abusive relationship with the manipulative Morton, who is in for a big surprise when he gets a taste of his own medicine from Harry.
Reviewers have said this about the play: “…delights in rattling people out of their complacency.” “Weitz’s writing is always trenchant and humorously unsettling.” “…Crisp and modern, it’s solid, provocative theater.”
The play was produced off-Broadway starring Zack Braff, best known for playing the lead character in the television show Scrubs. And Sutton Foster, two-time Tony Award winner, including the starring role in the hit Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The stellar San Miguel cast includes Mick Diener and Carrie Haugh—currently seen in Yankee Tavern—the talented Andrea Dovner, and a Playreaders veteran, John Wharton, in an uncharacteristic role… playing the sleazy bad guy. Lights and sound by Dic Simandl.
A word to the unwise: though the play is great fun, it includes some sexual situations and language which might make some folks (nuns and clergy mainly) get ants in their pants. Then again, maybe not.
Directed by Eli Hans, Trust will be presented at St. Paul’s Church, Calzada del Cardo 6 at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm. The show might begin earlier when all seats are full. So, plan on arriving early. Hope to see you!