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      Narcissus and Goldstein
    Four's company

    Things get complicated as one apartment isn't big enough for four amorous inhabitants in the dark drama "Narcissus and Goldstein."


    It's a love quadrangle in this play as two men and two women ensnare each other in a sticky web spun out of lust, envy and megalomania.

    Unsuspecting playwright/director Ted (played by Peter Russo) has placed an ad in the trade papers for someone to be his partner in an avant-garde theatrical production. He finds his perfect partner in Annie (played by Diane Davis), a sexy brunette. Annie's engaged to the mysterious Fritz (played by Sam Forman, who also wrote the play), a man in his early thirties who has quite a lot of money but appears to do nothing for a living.

    Written by: Sam Forman.
    Directed by: Benjamin Salka.
    Cast: Diane Davis, Sam Forman, Peter Russo, Jessica Arinella.
    Annie invites Ted to a party at their sprawling apartment and the two young men get into a heated discussion about the role artists play in society. Fritz says he envies Ted because he creates worlds and is like a god.

    When Fritz leaves the room and Annie and Ted are alone together, the flames of their attraction heat up and they kiss passionately. Fritz walks in on them but says nothing. Annie tells Ted that Fritz is impotent. Then Fritz introduces Ted to Willa (played by Jessican Arinella), a young woman who lives with Fritz and Annie and who is being fixed up with Ted.

    Things get complicated when Fritz convinces Ted to move in with the trio and Fritz gives Annie a black eye when he catches her in bed with Willa. Ted and Annie have sex, Fritz finds out and he reveals that he's orchestrated all the things that have previously transpired.

    Much drama ensues, and the performances reveal lots of colorful emotion. "Narcissus and Goldstein" is involving and underpinned with darkness. Watching this play is quite a workout for the mind as you try and keep up with the characters' motivations. Forman, by the way also wrote the musical "I Sing," running at the Maverick Theater.

    JULY 19, 2001

    Reader comments on Narcissus and Goldstein:

  • Entertaining musical comedy   from Bipin Patel, Jul 23, 2001
  • [no subject]   from don walker, Jan 7, 2005

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