REVIEW: THE TWILIGHT SERIES
"The Twilight Series" is a talky and blurry piece about intense conversations among four characters who only speak at dawn and dusk.
By ROBIN EISGRAU
"The Twilight Series: A Play About Killing Time" is a brief trip to a psychological netherworld where
nothing is safe from overanalysis.
When the characters meet, it's
always twilight, an aspect of the play that is never really explained. Behind a wide swath of blurry plastic,
four pajama-clad actors Annie (Tristana Gonzalez), Meg (Laura Klein) Josh (David Sochet) and Simon (Thomas
J. Pilutik) abstractly discuss the menaings of various aspects of life in
this play. The two women characters are sisters trying to cope with their
faded memories. There's a pile of paper on the floor that Annie often scrambles
through trying to find an elusive image.
|THE TWILIGHT SERIES|
|Full title: The Twilight Series: A Play About Killing Time.|
Written by: Laura Klein.
Directed by: Peter S. Petralia.
Cast: Tristana Gonzalez, Laura Klein, Tom Pilutik, and David Sochet.
The talk among the characters deftly pirouettes on the tightrope between the
profound and trivial. Josh riffs on how much he likes peanut butter and
feels that the brown goop could even become famous and is dissapointed when
he goes to the supermarket and finds out that someone has beaten him to the
punch. Another charachter contemplates the meaning of the hot dog. Calling
it the most sexual food he wonders exactly what does it mean to be a hot dog.
Meg reflects on how when she was a child at school everyone had different
names for her and each name had a different meaning. Simon gets really into
the meaning of the game Simon Says and declares himself the Sigmund Freud
of the new millennium. Annie then spins a vivd tale of driving cross-country
that ends the play on an evocative note.
The play as a whole seems to be a
meditation on searching for meaning and true communication between people in
a culture that bombards us with information and images. The plastic that
obscures the stage is annoying: it prevents you from really seeing the
expressions on the actors' faces. Conversely, the visual obfuscation makes
the audience focus more on what's being said, and the perspicacity of
Klein's language is involving and witty.
|JULY 26, 2001|
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