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      Drummer Wanted
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    "Drummer Wanted" builds potently on the story of a young drummer who's been injured in an accident but still has to rock, to explore the barriers in a mother-son relationship.


    (Originally reviewed in November 2001 at PS 122.)

    Suburban ennui gets looked at under an electron microscope in "Drummer Wanted," an intense examination of the dynamics between a mother and her son. In this play, Frank, a drummer in his late 20s, gets into a motorcyle accident that severely injures his leg, and moves back in with his mother while he recovers.

    There's a palpable tension between Mom (played by Ellen LeCompte) and Frank (played by Pete Simpson) as she tries to encourage him to be more self-sufficent and he seems uninterested in anything except his dream of building a recording studio in the garage. The dialogue in "Drummer Wanted" seems to convey the stagnation in the characters lives as Frank, for the most part, barks choppy sentences at his mom, a la Bobcat Goldthwait, and Mom's replies are soaked with resignation.

    Written and directed by: Richard Maxwell.
    Cast: Pete Simpson, Ellen LeCompte.
    P.S. 122
    150 First Ave. at 9th St.
    Feb. 21 - March 17, 2002

    There's a bit of music too, as Frank pounds on his drums a couple of times and Mom plays the piano. At one point they go to a karaoke bar where Mom sings songs that seem directly pointed at Frank and Frank goes for rock cliches. ("My leg is broken but I still have to rock," he says.) Then there's the matter of the settlement money, which turns out to be a lot more than they expected and changes things dramatically.

    The performances are very good; both actors bring involving emotional qualities to their roles. There's an economy of mood and intensity that propels the action in this play and leads to a very satisfying ending.

    NOVEMBER 26, 2001

    Reader comments on Drummer Wanted:

  • Drummer wanted!   from Mark., Jan 28, 2003
  • Re: Drummer wanted!   from Paul Marks, Jan 30, 2003
  • Re: Drummer wanted!   from Turbo for Funk, Aug 31, 2003

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