Caution — Women are Gathered and Talking is a wonderful examination of the dichotomy and dynamics of men and women. The show opens with three men (Armand Deshairnes; Vincent Dutye; Jason Medwin) at a bar, drinking and reading newspapers, juxtaposed with three women (Marbry Steward; Susan Sherriffe; Sally Richter) at a kitchen table, playing cards, drinking gin, and gossiping. The women’s conversation centers around their friend Jennifer, eloping to Nick. Their dialogue reveals their innermost thoughts on the subject of love, sexuality, and relationships.
Their conversation is cleverly interspersed with lines by the men, as if they’re virtually talking to each other through a veiled partition. Their acerbic comments about love, sex, dating and marriage is perfectly encapsulated by grandmother Mildred (Steward), reminiscing on her late husband, stating, “I’m not dead yet….” Sally (playwright, actress, producer) wears many a hat in this production. Her character, Sinead, has a nonchalant attitude, but basically feels under-dealt when it comes to her own deck of cards in life and love.
Entering the scene is Jo-Jo (Caroline Lindy), writing a psychology term paper, asking intimate questions to the women she trusts. All the while, the men, a Greek chorus of sorts, bemoan their plight of satisfying women’s fickle needs.
Wonderful lines run abundant: “Women are not nosy — just inquisitive.” “Men are not all the same … Or are we?” The play is an ongoing chess game ending in a stalemate.
For all the constant complaining, in the end, as Shakespeare profoundly coined, “The truth will out.” With the opposite sex, you can’t always live with them, but without them, who will you throw the darts at?
Caution — Women are Gathered and Talking runs through Oct. 13 on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit theatrebanshee.org. The Banshee Theatre is located at 3435 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank.