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The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses
By Will Eno
Wed and Thu, Oct 5 and 6, 7:30pm
St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6
20 pesos donation
Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm

By Kate Rowland

The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno is a play that is funny and moving, wonderful and weird. It is humane, literate, and slyly hilarious. It deals with issues that are vast, even existential, and yet at the same time completely mundane and normal—communication, loneliness, mortality, marriage, the awkwardness of intimacy, connection. The play opened on Broadway in 2014 with an all-star cast—Tracy Letts, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, and Michael C. Hall. This treasure comes now to Playreaders starring San Miguel favorites Michael and Jill Gottlieb, David Galitzky, and Clara Dunham, under the direction of Kate Rowland. Lee Harris provides lights and sound. Performances are at St. Paul’s Church, Cardo 6, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct 5 and 6, at 7:30pm for a mere 20 peso donation.

Theater<em> </em><em>The Realistic Joneses </em>By Will Eno<em> </em>Wed and Thu, Oct 5 and 6, 7:30pmSt. Paul’s Church, Cardo 620 pesos donationTickets will be sold at the door at 6:45pm<em> </em>

The Realistic Joneses opens on a bucolic tableau that finds Bob and Jennifer Jones (Michael and Jill Gottlieb) idling through an evening in their backyard, exchanging nothing-much conversation that carries an undercurrent of unease. “It just seems like we don’t talk,” Jennifer says, after Bob has dodged her attempts to turn the conversation into serious channels. “What are we doing right now, math?” Bob replies. “No, we’re—I don’t know—sort of throwing words at each other,” she says.

A rustling by the garbage cans signals the arrival of the new neighbors, John (David Galitzky) and Pony (Clara Dunham). They share the same last name and have come to this corner of the world because, as the bubbly Pony explains, “I always wanted to live in one of these little towns near the mountains. So one night, he comes home and literally just says, literally—I forget what you said exactly.” “Just, something about moving to one of these little towns near the mountains,” John helpfully replies. When Bob goes in search of drinks, Jennifer impulsively reveals that Bob is dealing with a disease, and his memory seems to be slipping. He’s beginning to lose his words. In an Eno play, it’s all about the words. What separates the men from the beasts? The words. So what happens when language starts slipping away?

Eno makes the most mundane language dance, revealing how absurd attempts at communication can be. He also burrows into the heart of his characters to reveal the core of their humanity—the fear and loneliness and unspoken love that mostly remains hidden beneath the surface as we plug away at life, come what may. As Charles Isherwood of The New York Times wrote, “The Realistic Joneses brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season.” Tickets will be sold at the door at 6:45 each evening on a first come, first served basis. All ticket holders must be present when the doors open at 7:00. The play will begin at 7:30 or when the house is filled. Please join us!


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