Review by Rose Desena
This Week in Theater:
“The Snake Can” is an interesting title for a play about three 40-something-urban-women, who share some emotional life changing events. They dig deep into their hearts and souls in search of contentment and fulfillment. Or are they just opening a can of worms and making a lot of emotional turmoil for themselves and everyone around them? Is it a mid-life crises or temporary insanity?
Meg ( Sharon Sharth) is divorced, successful and can take care of herself, but she wants and needs a relationship or at least just a good shag. If I was a dating coach I would suggest she stop trying so hard. She just can’t do enough for people. Her date stops by to pick her up, and she stuffs homemade food down his throat. I mean really? This guy comes by to pick her up for a date and she pulls out a platter full of goodies and follows it with homemade cake after the date. No wonder he didn’t want to have sex with her she reminded him of his mother. Or maybe he was too full. At least in the end, she discovers she is a good friend with some decent morals.
Nina (Diane Cary), the eccentric artist and my favorite, has a great husband: a popular actor with great looks. If it means anything, I thought he was hot. Ok, so a girl needs a little space sometimes, freedom to explore herself, find her artistic side and have a little fun with the young guy next door. Nina did not waste her nights watching the Lifetime channel. She produced great art work and made friends with her neighbor. That’s what temporary insanity is all about.
Harriet (Jane Kaczmarek) has not had a relationship since her husband died seven years ago. No sex for seven years! She puts herself out there and starts doing the internet dating game. Connecting with a lot of fantasy playboys, she finally meets a good one. But now Harriet is forced to explore her sexuality, as well as her personal dilemmas. We are not talking “50 Shades of Gray” here, but Harriet is wondering if it’s ok to see a man who had a homosexual relationship at one point in his life. Stephen (James Lancaster) is a nice guy. Harriet, my dear, it’s time to grow up. It’s tough out there, girlfriend.
I loved the projection design (Hana S. Kim). The use of slides to move us through the dating site scenes is brilliant, and it gave the play a very interesting visual aspect. Steven Robman, (Director) paid attention to ever detail.
Kathryn Graf (playwright) turns this philosophical subject into an interesting stage script; however, I did feel like I was watching a stage production of a Sex in the City wannabe. Maybe it was the fact they were three women in New York and the issues were all the same as the younger trio of the TV show. Seeking love, depth and the meaning of their life can be really interesting, funny, and maybe amusing, but this was on the weak side and never really hit the depth I would have liked.
If you live close and want a girl’s night out, this is a good choice. Just don’t have high expectations. The Odyssey has a nice snack bar with wine, and as I mentioned, the lobby is always busy before curtain with the added bonus of inexpensive parking right in front.
Runs until February 24th
Written by Kathryn Graf
Directed by Steven Robman
Cast: Sharon Sharth, Diane Cary, Jane Kaczmarek, James Lancaster, Gregory Harrison, Joel Polis.
Odyssey Theater, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles CA. 90025
Thursday Fridays Saturdays at 8pm Sundays at 2pm