Saturday, May 31, 2008

Every Good Boy Does Fine!

Friday night I saw Good Boys and True. It’s the first non-musical I’ve seen in quite some time and I picked a good one. The basic plot follows the discovery of an underage sex tape at a private school and the many layers of truth that are revealed as the tape goes public. It’s kind of twisty in its plot and I don’t really want to give away too many details, but I thought it was very well written and well acted. The best part about it for me is that the characters try to figure out WHY the tape was made and it’s easy to walk away with a theory, the play refuses to spell it out for the characters. The point is, in my opinion, that we are all capable of doing wrong and horrible things, and even more likely to be complacent in their happening, and that we can take responsibility for them only when we’re able to accept why we did them. Sometimes it takes a lot of living before we really understand the why. So I thank the play for not pushing the characters beyond where they could go, but letting the audience know they were on an irreversible course when we leave them at play’s end. I’m glad the offenders are not given an easy out. There are only 6 actors in the cast and there are barely any scenes with more than two people at a time, but all the various combinations of characters bouncing off of each other are very effective. Betty Gilpin and Christopher Abbot especially stand out as a mother and son. It was also great to see Kellie Overbey, who I’ve had a crush on ever since she played Dana in “The Stand” miniseries back in the ‘90s. So much time has passed, but I still love you, Kellie! Your face-off with Flagg is still my favorite part of that whole series!

The set consisting of hundreds of shining gold trophies stacked on high shelves is also very interesting and right on point in capturing the sense of tradition, competition and the importance of possessions that weighs so heavily on the action of the play. It’s really good. It’s playing at the Second Stage Theater on 43rd St. Check it out.

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