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February 8, 2012

'HIGHER' CAN'T GET ANY HIGHER!








Courtesy Photo: A.C.T.


CAREY PERLOFF’S ‘HIGHER’ – CAN’T GET ANY HIGHER

ARCHITECTS ARE DEDICATED TO OUTDO FELLOW ‘TECTS’.

The Chase is on. Two talented Architects are having a love affair. But love has nothing to do with telling each other that they have a project going on in Israel. They are shocked to find out that they are competing with each other over a memorial. Plus there is another problem. A young Jewish man falls in love with the ambitious female Architect. The Young Israeli boy inspires her to design a beautiful Memorial to his father. He tells her what he would like for his father’s memorial. She gets a little to cozy with the Boy.

Perloff’s writing is absolutely fascinating. Everything works perfectly – the sets make the mood. The love story sizzles and the young Israeli’s heart is broken.

The play keeps you guessing. It’s mysterious, beautiful and elegant. And -- “Higher” takes off by delivering enticing destinations worldwide.

HERE ARE THE BREATHTAKING ACTORS: Rene Augesen (Elena) “Poignant, and deliciously self-assured!” Isaac Friedman (Ben Kahre) – “Powerful – self assured!” Michael Friedman (Andrew Polk) is Isaac’s son. The son is Gay. “His passionate punch will never leave your mind.” Valerie Rifkind (Concetta Tomei) – what a tough babe she is as she pits the two architects against each other. Tomei is priceless!”

FANTASTIC, CRISP PLAY BY CAREY PERLOFF. THE SHARP DIRECTING IS BY MARK RUCKER.

  NOW PLAYING AT The Theater at Children’s      Creativity Museum. (Formerly known as “Zeum.” 

RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) – trademarked-
  
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Jeri Lynn Cohen prepares for photo session with Howard Swain. Photo: David Allen










BODY AWARENESS  -EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE

The play involves four characters. They all have their issues. But, a funny thing happens on the way to the dining room table, they disagree with each other most of the time, but somehow they seem to bond.

It’s a crazy and nutty dysfunctional household that gets more humorous as the clock goes by. The boy, Jared is suspected of having Asperger’s syndrome. It has something to do with lack of empathy. His startling blow-ups don’t last long. 

The entire family of three tries to confront these issues, but runs into roadblocks.  They are also joined by a photographer who is in town for a “Body Awareness program” at a local college. His contribution is that he takes photos of nude women. This kind of shocks the presenter, who is one of the household members. She just wasn’t prepared for this. The photo guy certainly has a certain swarmy charm about him. He talks his hosts into lighting ‘shabbos’ candles at the dinner table. One of the women, Phyllis thinks that Frank is using his art for perverted purposes. Frank shockingly says: “What if Michelangelo masturbated to the statue of David? Does that make him a bad sculptor?” I’ll let you answer that. 

There is lots of sex talk in this play. The disturbed young man talks about masturbation. He showed his penis to a girl in school. The boy thought that the penis bit would get him a date. Wrong!

 There is a surprising lot of salty language. And what is really amazing, is that at the performance that I attended most of the audience were seniors. Of course, it was a Sunday Matinee. Who would guess that they would have that much fun? But they did – and laughed all the way thru the play.

The actors are “Flat out magnificent.” They are: Howard Swain (photographer famous for his nude portraits of women). Swain can charm birds off the trees. He sure has magic stage presence. Jeri Lynn Cohen and Amy Resnick as a Lesbian couple bring “sizzle” to the stage. Patrick Russell (the son) is the kid (21) who shouts out obscenities – “wickedly funny!” This is a good one! Totally “Extraordinary performances."

    AT THE AURORA THEATRE – BERKELEY


RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) – trademarked- 

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