BWW Review: Humorous 'The Oldest Profession” at convergence continuum
(Member, American Theatre Critics Association, Cleveland Critics Circle)
Not much happens through much of the play other than the oft-humorous bickering and revelations about their geriatric clients. The production, under the direction of Amy Bistock, leisurely flows along. The cleverest part of the staging is each woman's final exit, which consists of a burlesque-inspired swan song (performed to the piano music of Moss Stanley).
Marcia Mandel does what she does best-portraying being air-headed. Jeanne Task, the queen of "shtick" faces and vocal gymnastics, delightfully does her thing with verve! Lucy Bredeson-Smith hits her stride when she comes on stage with a sex-whip, dressed in a black leather dominatrix outfit, and takes on audience-member's and their fantasies. Jeanne Madison is charming as the gentle Vera, who clearly displays that she is a caring and soothing purveyor of her wares, more interested in mothering than sex. Valerie Young nicely textures the role of Edna, giving the character a clear and identifiable personality.
Scott Zolkowksi's costumes are excellent.Capsule Judgment: The script, which is more character study than plot driven, doesn't have much to say, but it does entertain. Though "The Oldest Profession" is one of Paula Vogel's lesser plays, it gets a humorous staging. "The Oldest Profession" runs through April 14, 2017, at 8 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at convergence-continuum's artistic home, The Liminis, at 2438 Scranton Rd. in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. For information and reservations call 216-687-0074 or go to http://www.convergence-continuum.org/ Next up at con-con: Suzan Lori-Parks "In The Blood," a modern riff on "The Scarlet Letter."
From This Author Roy Berko
Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor (read more...)
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