Therapy Reveals Heartache

Picture by Jonah Light

Luis Selgas and Marcie Lynn Ross in “Therapy.”

Thoughtful and well-acted, Therapy examines relationships and connections through the eyes and practices of three skillful therapists. The world premiere production demonstrates that even consummate professionals at work can still be clueless when it comes to personal relationships.

When a new client begins therapy for all the wrong reasons, an emotional rollercoaster ride begins for three therapists, revealing unexpected connections and feelings.

While technically a drama, Therapy contains some nice comic moments that help keep the presentation from getting too heavy. The story feels a touch long and a little uneven, however, with too much jumping between characters and scenes.

Writer/director Jeff Bernhardt keeps energy high by choreographing the action around three sets on the small, cramped stage, but the production feels claustrophobic at times. He draws fine timing and excellent performances from his small cast.

Jed Sura brings a warm empathy to the sensitive, intelligent Steven. His understated but solid turn anchors the show. Lynn Ann Leveridge makes Moira a caring, concerned earth mother, full of charm, grace, and concern. Luis Selgas’ sullen, sarcastic Lance gradually lets down his guard to reveal a lost but likable young man. Marcie Lynn Ross gives some life to the problematic character Sandra.

Production work is first rate, particularly the beautiful sets by Eloise Ayala. She skillfully creates office spaces that reflect the differing personas of each therapist. Lighting and sound work by Brandon Hawkinson and Jeff Gardner respectively, also help shape the elegant feel of the show.

Therapy plays Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. through March 17 at the Secret Rose Theatre located at 11246 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $25. To purchase tickets or for further information, visit brownpapertickets.com, or call 1-800-838-3006.


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