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Falling off the Edge

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Paul Donnelly

COMPANY : Onion Man Productions [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onion Man [WEBSITE]
ID# 5210

SHOWING : January 18, 2018 - January 28, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Two single women seek to find balance at a resort in Costa Rica. Can one man tip their world?


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Scott King
Carly Rebecca Carrico
Belinda Morgan Colburn
Matt Ben Lamm
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Falling for a Hunk
by playgoer
Sunday, January 21, 2018
4.5
Paul Donnelly’s charming romantic comedy "Falling off the Edge" is being given a delightful world premiere by Onion Man Productions. Two female AA members are vacationing in Costa Rica, where they ogle a swimmer, a man who turns out to be a pretty straitlaced Mormon. One of the females is going out of her comfort zone by throwing herself at him, and of course he falls for the other one.

Director Scott King has gotten wonderful performances out of his cast. Becca Carrico (as Carly) and Ben Lamm (as Matt) have tremendous chemistry and bring their characters fully to life. The third-wheel character of Belinda (played by Morgan Colburn) isn’t as developed in the script, but Ms. Colburn provides a fine contrast to Ms. Carrico in personality while simultaneously seeming believably to be Carly’s best friend. The action of the script is shaped nicely and is studded with theatrical moments.

The set on which the play takes place, designed by James Beck, paints floor and walls a sandy tan. The back wall features small signs and a grass thatched fringe that indicate a resort. Scenes take place alternately around the pool and on the beach, using the same lounge chairs. This can cause some momentary confusion at the start of scenes that switch from one to another. A minor change, like a fence segment to indicate the pool area or removal of signs to indicate the beach, would clarify the settings a bit. Sound and lighting design, also by Mr. Beck, work well to support the production.

The breezy script fits a lot of entertaining dialogue into its 90-minute runtime (including intermission). The contrast between an ex-alcoholic former slut and an almost severely moral Mormon provokes a lot of discussion that follows organically through the span of a short vacation relationship. The bittersweet ending seems a bit abrupt, though. I would have preferred a little coda, along the lines of Carly reiterating to Belinda that she needs to complete her 12-step program before committing to a relationship, and Belinda replying something like "As step 13, call him!" A rom-com needs at least the promise of a happy ending. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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