Candlelites

Everything from Everywhere

sf playhouse debuts witty, compelling 'roommate'

sf playhouse debuts witty, compelling 'roommate' News Article With The full text news. The Resource Link is down the post and you can View this News Article in the source page.



sf playhouse debuts witty, compelling 'roommate'

it’s clear from the start of jen silverman’s play “the roommate” at san francisco playhouse that sharon’s new roommate has something to hide. having suddenly relocated from the bronx to iowa, robyn is cagey about her moving boxes and evasive about a lot of questions. and why’d she decide to move to iowa anyway?played with a furtive quality by julia brothers, robyn is in turn obviously perplexed by sharon, the nervously chatty and sunny empty nester who keeps blurting out inappropriate questions and embarrassing observations. for instance, she insists that her adult son in new york (whom she calls too much and frets when he doesn’t answer) isn’t gay, despite a lot of indications to the contrary, made all the more awkward by the fact that the person to whom she’s making all these assertions is a lesbian.sf playhouse producing director susi damilano is awfully funny as sharon, overflowing with anxious energy and poor impulse control. sharon makes a big point of not being from iowa but from more cosmopolitan illinois, but has clearly led a very sheltered life. she’s shocked, or at least thrown, by the smallest things, so how’s she going to take whatever big secret robyn is being so shifty about? the answer takes the play into some delightfully strange and thorny territory.the tension underlying their amusing conversations is palpable in director becca wolff’s well-tempered production. brothers has some marvelous moments in which robyn has the near-panicked...