Bed Review - Sex Makes the World Go 'Round

BED - the title of the play, the theme of the play, and the entire stage set. BED certainly covers each minute point - with the principals going under cover at every opportunity - and there are many. BED is the story of a couple, going from lust to sex to eventual grudging marriage and parenting over a ten-year span. Eventually, cheating emerges as a chaser to the cocktail of love. With the episodic crescendo of a very loud and marginally tuned electric guitar. The question emerges: What now?

Kate Morgan Chadwick and TW Leshner - Photo by Darrett Sanders

 

Award-winning Playwright Sheila Callaghan demonstrates a keen eye - and ear - to relationships of today. She dissects the dating scene - such as it is - with fine accuracy and stark realism. She turns to marriage with the same delicate but cutting vision. Callaghan outines the vagaries - and pushes and pulls - of a couple trying to make a go of it while each dances to his own drummer. Two parallel tracks that occasionally intersect in bed.

 

TW Leshner and Kate Morgan Chadwick - Photo by Darrett Sanders

Holly (Kate Morgan Chadwick) is a zany, creative woman who can only connect with another person sexually, yet feels unfulfilled and perpetually lonely: “Humans are designed to be alone.” Cliff (TW Leshner) is her partner in this “raft of trepidation” who tries to turn sex into love. As he gropes for ways to do this, his failures lead to resounding depression. JC (Johnathan McClain) is Cliff’s wayward brother who seeks a little variety outside of his hum-drum marriage. And finds a willing partner in his brother’s bored wife.

 

Johnathan McClain and Kate Morgan Chadwick - Photo by Darrett Sanders

Throughout this sometimes amusing and sometimes depressing tale, the BED remains the focal point. The entire production team is congratulated for its ability to make the BED a cornucopia of surprises, both psychological and physical. And that includes around and even under. Director Jennifer Chambers helms the production and injects a sense of meaning into the bedroom romps. However, at its core, this play remains a simple tale of a marriage gone right and then terribly wrong. Playwright Callaghan’s incisive exploration of relationships saves the play from becoming sitcom-ish and trite. On top of that, BED is definitely not for the GP audience.

 

TW Leshner and Kate Morgan Chadwick - Photo by Darrett Sanders

BED runs through March 13, 2016, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Atwater Village Theatre is located at 3269 Casitas Avenue, Atwater Village, CA 90039. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call 310-307-3753 or go online at www.EchoTheaterCompany.com.

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