January 27, 2014 Electronic

Link Review

by Karen D’Onofrioi

http://www.eljnyc.com/Offbway.html

                                                                                                                  

            AdLib Productions
in association with The Simon Studio
presents


THE PORTRAIT

Written by SARAH LEVINE SIMON
Directed by ROGER HENDRICKS SIMON

Featuring
RUTANYA ALDA, JESSICA ELEANOR GRANT, JAMES LEAF, CAITLIN O’HEANEY,
ROGER HENDRICKS SIMON, JUNE STEIN, & JAMES WILLIAMS

Associate Director: EDDIE LEW
Set Design: JOSIE WILLIAMS & DAVID BRAGIN
Costume Design: JOSIE WILLIAMS
Lighting Design: EMMA SCHIMMINGER
Publicist: KATIE ROSIN/KAMPFIRE PR
Property Design: JOSIE WILLIAMS
Sound Design: ERIC SOMERS

Theatre 54
Shetler Studios

244 West 54th Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10019
www.smarttix.com
January 15 through January 26, 2014

This tasty tidbit of salon comedy pits cousin against cousin in the quest for family riches. Everyone is very classy, very wealthy, and very greedy. They have gathered in a Park Avenue apartment, 1982, for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and backstabbing. Very tasteful backstabbing, of course.

Presiding over it all is the portrait of their ancestor. Cousin Toddy owns this one, while cousin Henry owns the portrait of another ancestor. The third portrait belongs to their Bohemian young cousin Marty. Toddy and Henry both want that portrait, and will jump through hoops to get it. Their wives are right behind them, coaching from the sidelines.

Exchanging Noel-Coward-worthy zings, constantly interrupted by the ditzy maid, the two older couples circle Marty and his new-age wife like sharks. Someone will come out on top. Maybe.

JUNE STEIN stands out in this production. As Henry’s quirky lush of a wife, she is simultaneously repressed, outspoken, and drunk, all the while wearing pearls and sporting a severe hair-do reminiscent of Edith Head’s. All in all, this play is a low-key fun romp through family dynamics at its worst.

-Karen D’Onofrio-