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    Feed the Hole

    If you can't stand the cheat

    "Feed the Hole," by a Fringe Festival award-winning playwright, is a well-made play about everything that can go wrong in relationships.


    This play's author, Michael Stock, won the Best Playwright award at the 2001 New York Fringe Festival. As his latest play unfolds, one can imagine this talented writer winning more awards in the future. As it explores the intricacies of infidelity in a contemporary relationship, "Feed The Hole" radiates with intensity and intelligence.

    Company: Sideway Theater Company.
    Written by: Michael Stock.
    Directed by: Karina Miller.
    Cast: Alexander Alioto, Melissa Picarello, Adam Reiner, Michael Stock, Fay Wolf, Anthony Wood.

    Related links: Official site
    Altered Stages
    212 West 29th Street
    April 10-27, 2003

    Set in contemporary New York, the play centers around Shelly, who lives with her boyfriend Brett and is having an affair with Brett's friend Steve. The only other person who knows about the affair is Shelly's best girlfriend Sam, who knows she is cheating but doesn't know with whom. Sam is appalled at Shelly's infidelity and tells her boyfirend Rob about it.

    To complicate matters, Rob is friends with both Brett and Steve and tries hard not to let on what he knows. We see Shelly and Brett's relationship crumble as they miscommunicate (most cleverly in a scene where Shelly is trying to choose what kind of food to have delivered and Brett asks Shelly to find a girl to fix Steve up with) and their affection for each other evaporates, ultimately leading to a painful breakup.

    The dialogue is witty, fresh and honest-sounding. There are sections of guy talk — where Brett argues with Rob and Steve as to whether Hall and Oates were gay — as well as girl talk — Sam tells Shelly that every time she leaves her apartment she's bombarded by the sight of babies and doesn't know whether she wants to snuggle them or smother them. Shelly delivers a vivid, sparkling monologue about having sex with Steve and how she lost her virginity when she was in high school.

    Watching the play, one gets the feeling that there should be a big, angry confrontation between Shelly and Brett, which does happen. The resolution between them that happens brings a satisfying, yet sad sense of closure to the play. The concluding scene between Steve and Brett is moving and poignant. Single people should by all means see "Feed the Hole," because by showing us what can go wrong in a relationship, it may make you grateful to be by yourself.

    APRIL 21, 2003

    Reader comments on Feed the Hole:

  • feed the hole   from tim byfield, Oct 7, 2004
  • feed the hole   from Leonard Trapman, Dec 9, 2004
  • Feed The Hole   from Chet Thunderclap, Sep 21, 2005
  • Feed The Whole   from Leonard Trapman, May 18, 2006

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