Amy & Elliot Theatre Review - A Must See Comedy About NOT Growing Up

The Cast of "Amy & Elliot": Gillian Zinser, Ryan Eggold, Alexandra Breckenridge & Robert Baker.

Elliot (Ryan Eggold) is freaking out. His best friend since forever, Amy (Alexandra Breckenridge) is one week away from getting married to Michael (Robert Baker), a doctor and her steady of two years. In fact, in a momentary lapse of sanity, Elliot tries to talk Amy out of the wedding. For almost a minute, he even almost convinces himself that he is in love with Amy. A single kiss between them solidifies that they are indeed soul mates – albeit not romantically. Amy finds Elliot’s pleas very cute, but she is committed to marrying Michael.

"The Runaway Bride" Alexandra Breckenridge

The wedding day arrives. Settled in a shaky acceptance of the event, but before Elliot can get the church on time, Amy appears at his door, white gown clad, demanding that Elliot join her is a jig to any or all tunes by the Sex Pistols. After waiting at the alter for over an hour, Michael finds Amy exactly where he knew she would be, at Elliot’s apartment. Things really don’t go well for Elliot beyond that point.

 

Amy and Elliot is about growing pain of adulthood. The insidious seed of doubt. The nagging pang of uncertainty that something better is just around the corner. Moreover, this play explores the fear that maybe you are settling; that maybe you have surrendered your dreams and goals for the life you are expected to have and lead – as a grown-up.

"The Slacker" Ryan Eggold

I had a great time at this show. The script and direction are tight and fluid. Coincidence felt like coincidence, and earnest felt like earnest; meaning there was nothing forced about this story. I experienced that rarely fly-on-the-wall sensation, where the artifice of acting and manufactured dilemma was totally absent. We all know these characters, we’ve seen them before. Yet even within this minimal cast of four, there is at least one character that everyone can relate to. While the characters and situation are familiar, the rendering of the tale felt quite authentic, remarkably effortless.

Gillian Zinser is terrific as Jolene, the person in which Elliot meets him match (in more ways than one). Likewise Robert Baker does a great job of being the straight man – who is not too straight. Baker imbues Michael with a sense of fun that is ultimately an emotional, three-dimensional character. Finally, Alexandra Breckenridge skillfully see-saws Amy between the pull of two very different loves: the favorite playmate that feeds her nostalgic longing or a new partner with which to share the complications and unknowns of adulthood.

"Funday Sunday"

Writer/Director Ryan Eggold has written a great part for himself with Elliot: a playful, evasion man-boy who, despite his frequent proclamations, can learn and change, and grow. It is a wonderfully measured performance in what could easily have been a vanity piece. The timing and talent of this cast is rock solid. Across the board, the entire cast is funny and present and very likable Well DONE.

 

Personally, I am so glad that someone has finally illuminated the therapeutic properties of Cap’n Crunch.

 

AMY and ELLIOT opens January 7th and runs through January 30th 2011 @:

Stella Adler Theatre

The Gilbert Stage

6773 Hollywood Blvd

LA, CA 90028

Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 3pm.

 

Tickets: $20 General Admission

Reservations: Call 323-960-7863 or

 

online at www.plays411.com/amyandelliot

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