Are we not curious in what our pets do when we are away? Has domestication turned our lovable animals into something that they are not? These relevant themes are explored with a dynamic intercourse in The Cat & Squirrel Dialogues. Written and directed by Jonathan Emrys, the show peeps into the ordinary life of Tom Cat (David Tucker) who enjoys the secure confines of his house, although he yearns to explore the great outdoors. But the wild comes to him. Enter best-buddy Redd Squirrel (Gregory A. Thompson) who likes to play video games. So does Goldie Finch (adorable Michaela Qvale). The house is a safe zone, as all predatory differences are set aside. It works. Until Little Kitty (sultry Martha Brigham) pays a visit. She teases Tom’s repressed feline aspects, to the point where he is tempted to betray the negotiated peace. Although Maury Dove (Keith Walker Boos) isn’t the brightest bird, he has a trick up his wing.
A witty script surveys how our little creatures view us, and that a workable truce can work most admirably. We can learn from all of nature’s inhabitants.
A Christmas Carol gets a devilish interpretation with The Man in the Red Suit. Instead of Ebenezer we get Perry Roussel (David Tucker) not lacking in spirit, but who certainly has a heavy heart. He is awakened by Santa Claus (Gregory A. Thompson is an outstanding Santa!) Perry’s reaction is severe, but Santa convinces him that he is not a thief. Or is he? Santa then morphs into Satan (an outstanding Keith Walker Boos) who twists the plot and Perry’s state into compliance. Finally, he is greeted by The Lady in the Green Dress (Martha Brigham) who persuades him to a terrible, yet beautiful truth.
The Man in the Red Suit is poignancy with a sharp edge. It is so easy to take everything for granted, yet, our existence is quite frail after all. Recommended.
The Man in the Red Suit and The Cat & Squirrel Dialogues,
written and directed by Jonathan Emrys, runs through Jan. 5, 2014 at The Secret Rose Theatre located at 11246 Magnolia Blvd. in
For tickets visit brownpapertickets.com/event/507914. And remember password TOLUCAN for $15 tix.