Things get complicated as one apartment isn't big enough for four amorous inhabitants in the dark drama "Narcissus and Goldstein."
By ROBIN EISGRAU
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.
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.
|NARCISSUS AND GOLDSTEIN|
|Written by: Sam Forman.|
Directed by: Benjamin Salka.
Cast: Diane Davis, Sam Forman, Peter Russo, Jessica Arinella.
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.
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|
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