The first thing my theatre partner said at intermission was, “I lovvve the actor playing Petra!”
Well, no – that’s not quite true. It was, “Yesssss!”
Though hinting at insecurity with her appearance – mentioning a no-carb diet a few times – Petra is devastatingly confident when expressing her opinion.
Mr. Lewis plays Stephen, around Petra’s age. But unlike her, he moves in a herky-jerky way, and makes a living writing, though is desperately broke.
Stephen and Petra share an apartment in the East Village.
When Other People begins, Petra and a very anxious Stephen await Mark, Stephen’s ex-lover. He’s going to be staying with them over Christmas and New Year’s.
Mr. Kasapi plays Mark. Mark is – I hesitate to sum-up a character like this – a recovering drug addict.
What we see is Mark, Stephen and Petra brought to their most vulnerable by other people.
For Mark, this is a teenager named Tan, played by Brendan McMurray-Howlett, who relentlessly offers sex and drugs.
Darren is the epitome of a shallow jerk. Sum-up-able with his evidently few interests: expensive tea cups, amateur porn, and a lava lamp.
Stephen seems under the impression that Darren likes him though.
Other People is set in various locations around New York City, which are evoked by Kat Misztal-McCubbing – set and costumes – and Lindsay Naft – sound design– at a magnitude appropriate for the comfy venue.
Walking up Parliament Street after the performance, my theatre partner and I couldn’t stop saying good things about the show.
It’s a terrific production that I’d strongly recommend.
– Other People is playing at the Tank House Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street) until January 28th 2012.
– Performances are Monday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM
– Tickets cost $20.00 for general admission; $15.00 for students and seniors
– Tickets are available at the box office
Photo: Richard Lee (left) and Ben Lewis (right)