E.M. Forster wrote “Only Connect” as the epigraph to his novel “Howard’s End.” Write Act Repertory’s “2009 Freeway Series …Keep the Ball Rolling” examines the funny, sad and heartbreaking ways people come together, or fail to connect, in relationships.
A series of six one-acts that demonstrates life in all its complexities, “…Keep the Ball Rolling” features fine acting and writing while revealing the mess of humanity.
Robert Beiderman’s “Skipper” and Hindi Brooks “Table for One” deal poignantly but humorously with accepting love on love’s terms. “Skipper” contains thoughtful performances from Dave Hanson (Billy) and Marc McHone (Skipper), and “Table for One” highlights John Graham’s wry, understated performance and LB Zimmerman’s hilarious take on the complaining, pushy Jewish mother.
The uneven first act leads to a strong and complex second act. “Up on the Roof” contains knockout performances from Felicia Tabrizi (Carrie) and Brian Turley (Jason) as confused, vulnerable lovers feeling they’ve found the one but are afraid of being hurt. Mark Harvey Levine’s writing is touching and authentic in how it captures love’s fragility, and director Louise Kroot-Haukka builds a rhythmic, energetic rollercoaster of emotion.
Herman Poppe’s fine “Dear John” shows what it means to wake up and seize opportunities, employing well-placed lighting and sound effects to create a nightmare effect. As John, Zach Krauss brings an endearing charm to the confused, searching character.
Write Act Rep’s “2009 Freeway Series …Keep the Ball Rolling” reveals the everyday frustrations, heartaches and triumphs of ordinary people searching for connection while going about their lives.
“2009 Freeway Series … Keep the Ball Rolling” plays Thursday through Saturday nights at 8pm through August 1 at Write Act Repertory Theatre (6128 Yucca Ave., Hollywood, CA). Tickets cost $20 ($15 for students, seniors and groups). Call (323) 469-3113 for reservations, or visit www.writeactrep.org for further information.