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Women in Jeopardy

a Comedy
by Wendy Macleod

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4977

SHOWING : September 29, 2016 - October 23, 2016



WOMEN IN JEOPARDY is a fun, flirtatious and laugh-out-loud comedy about the happenings of two middle-aged women when they trade in their wine glasses for a pair of spy glasses! When divorcées Mary and Jo receive suspicious vibes from their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend, they set out on a quest to discover the hidden truths of his potential dark past. Are they being too critical due to the recent disappearance of his oral hygienist, or does the dashing doctor actually have something to hide? A hysterical combination of "Thelma and Louise" meets "The First Wives Club."

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Female Fantasy
by playgoer
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Aurora Theatre’s "Women in Jeopardy" is written by a female and produced by a largely female production team. The female focus shows. The storyline features middle-aged female protagonists, two of whom are treated as desirable sexual objects. When a 20-year-old male rips off his shirt to display his buff body to an older woman he expresses interest in, it’s clear that there’s a bit of female fantasy involved.

Overall, the production has more to admire than to enjoy. The set, designed by Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay, deftly converts to the four locales called for in the script, but the main locale (Mary’s kitchen) isn’t terribly attractive, centered as it is by an immense island and painted a uniform blue. The costumes by the Curley-Clay sisters range from the attractive to the shapeless, but always conform to the needs of the character. Mary Parker’s lighting design fulfills the needs of the script, as do the contributions of a couple of males (Thom Jenkins’ sound design and Ryan Bradburn’s props).

Acting is fine across the board. LaLa Cochran (Liz) gives her usual gutsy performance as a woman at her sexual peak. Kate Kneeland (Jo) plays a more humdrum sort with great humanity. Kerrie Seymour (Mary) is terrific as a plain Jane who sparks interest in multiple men. These three are the principal players.

They are supported by three others. Justin Walker (Trenner) is absolutely spot-on as a slacker snowboarder with the face and body of a male model. Caroline Arapoglou (Amanda) is good as his well-endowed girlfriend, but could stand to be a bit ditzier. Andrew Benator plays dual roles, Liz’s dentist boyfriend Jackson and police sergeant Kirk Sponsüllar. Both are supposed to look alike and to resemble Woody Allen. Mr. Benator has the Woody Allen resemblance down pat, but his presence isn’t sufficiently different between the two roles, although Wendy Macleod’s writing makes the distinction clear.

The chemistry among the three principal players is wonderful and forms the heart of the show as the women contend with the implications of a news story that Jackson’s dental hygienist has gone missing after Jackson has been the last to see her alive. That ties into the main problem in the show, though, which is that the first act is stuffed with set-up and little payoff. The second act picks up some steam, but the plot is abruptly resolved in about two lines at the very end of the show. The relationships are fun to observe, but the storyline is a bit flaccid. And that’s the last thing a woman wants in a man or a storyline. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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