A Swan Song: Turning Thirty

By Natasha Lewin

The cast of “Turning Thirty” (R to L): Patrick Censoplano, Kelley Dorney, Mary Ann Pianka, and Max Bunzel.

The cast of “Turning Thirty” (R to L): Patrick Censoplano, Kelley Dorney, Mary Ann Pianka, and Max Bunzel.

When playwright Lisa Phillips Visca first heard that swans mate for life a light bulb went off. Reeling from her successful run with the romantic comedy Raise Me Up, Visca found her voice penning stories that focus on love as its theme. But this time with Turning Thirty she turned her lens inward.

Just like her idol — the late, great Nora Ephron — Visca is also the product of a female-dominated family (two sisters, one mother, one father), so it makes sense that Turning Thirty is a story told through her personal views on marriage — for richer, poorer, or for a trust fund.

Two sisters, Gina and Rosy (played by delightfully deadpan Evelyn Rudie), both gave birth to their daughters, Amber and Nicole (the excitable Mary Ann Pianka), the same day. The two girls were raised with the right set of morals used on the wrong kind of men. From Porsches as presents to marrying for money, Rosy and Gina must clean up their own acts so their girls can follow in their footsteps the feminist way.

Turning Thirty runs through June 29 and plays Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at a 3 p.m. early bird matinee. Tickets are $29; $22.50 students, teachers, seniors and members of the military; $17.50 for groups of 8 or more; and $15 for age 12 and under. For tickets, visit SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call the Playhouse Box Office at (310) 394-9779 ext 1. The Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage is at 1211 4th St. in Santa Monica.

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