Review by Kathy Carpenter
Reviewer for www.sdtheatrerev
October 7, 2019 (Poway) - I term this play a romantic fantasy. Who doesn't have one? This is the classic love outside the constricts of everyday life--a couple who meet once a year for a romantic tryst. Although they do bring into the relationships stories of their families and lives since the last time they meet, they aren't with each other to live the everyday pressures and problems of real life.
It's just the two of them for the weekend. Same Time Next year presented by Powpac plays to your romantic side. It’s written by Bernard Slade in such a way that we do not judge the question of morals. We just go with the flow, enjoying what George and Doris have to offer.
Directed by Samatha Goldstein, this show with just two characters holds our attention and keeps us wrapped up in the lovers’ world for two hours. The honored task is filled by two talented actors. The play is funny, tender, poignant and soul searching. It really has a lot more going on than you first realize.
Powpac did a wonderful job with the change of time. The story takes place in the Sea Shadow Inn on the Mendocino coast of California from 1951 to 1975, There was a calendar on the fireplace with the year. Each scene played great music from the era, and we of course got the wardrobe that came with each year. We also were treated to the antics of a delightful maid between scenes as she changed the date and changed out props.Powpac entertains from beginning to end.
The leading man, George, is played by Daniel Watts. He’s a true comedic talent; his timing was perfect. His leading lady playing Doris is Melanie Mino. She was a genuine chameleon transformed from scene to scene; this is a true showcase for her talent.
Although you may think materials in this will be far outdated, you will be surprised, Yes, it goes through fads of the times, but a lot of what they say is still true at its core.
The set of course is fabulous; it's Powpac. Community theatre creates at home atmospheres that welcome you in—a bed and breakfast type atmosphere with a bed, a couch area, a fireplace and in this case, a piano, so they can sing their song, "If I knew You Were Coming I Would Have Baked you A Cake." The song is a totally fun element.
Let's make your theatre goal one play each month.
Same Time Next Year
Sep. 27 - Oct. 27, 2019
13250 Poway Road
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