Theatre Review – The Two Sisters – A Dysfunctional Story

 

 

Now playing at Theatre 40 at the Beverly Hills High School’s Reuben Cordova Theatre is the American premiere of The Sisters, a play written by Gail Louw.  Directed by Stewart Zully and produced by David Hunt Stafford, Two Sisters comedy stars Sharron Shayne as Rika and Leda Siskind as the older sister Edith.

 

Set on an Israeli kibbutz in 1996, Edith, as one of the pioneers of the collective farming settlement, is visited for her 75th birthday by her younger American sister, Rika. 

 

Rika, worried about her granddaughter’s attachment to a young man, intends to take the girl back to New York with her but Edith disagrees. 

 

The sisters, who are very different in attitude, reminiscence about various events in their lives include the loss of their parents during the Holocaust, jealousy and their dealing with the men as well as the loss in their lives, including a dangerous secret regarding the man now courting the older woman.  

 

Two Sisters resonates with anyone with siblings and children, and, as a mother myself, it was easy to see Rika’s fears about her daughter, but the play, which had interesting moments, ran slowly and, at times, was confusing. The story seemed to ramble and appeared to have no real focus. It might have benefited with the appearance of the granddaughter and the boyfriend as the characterization fell flat.  At the end, they realize that they really only have each other.

 

The acting was fabulous and the wonderful set, designed by Jeff G. Rack, was complimented by Michelle Young’s costuming and Ric Zimmerman’s lighting.  Joseph “Sloe” Slawinski worked the sound while Judi Lewin did the makeup and hair.

 

Richard Carner managed the stage with the assistance of Kayla Dudenhoeffer.

 

The play runs from January 21 until February 21, 2016, with performances at 8 pm Thursdays though Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.   Admission is $30.  Reservations can be had by calling 310-364-0535 or online at Theatre40.  The theatre is located at 241 S Moreno Drive and there is plenty of parking.

 

Fans of Gail Louw’s previous play, Blonde Poison, might enjoy this.

 

 

 

 

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