This Week In Theater
Written by Paul Coates
Review by Rose Desena
The End Of It is a hard look at three couples: one gay, one straight, and one lesbian all experiencing a 20-year bankrupt marriage. Nick DeGruccio is an excellent director and does a creative job moving the actors around in over lapping scenes making this whiney story palatable. I really enjoy his work and from a directional point of view, this was good.
It’s one in the morning; the house is a mess from a party, and Drew has to leave for London the next day. He decides this is a good time to blurt out to his wife of 20 years he wants a divorce. Sick of her constant need for parties and the lack of sex, he suddenly sees the light and realizes it’s time to hit the road. As a matter of fact, Dee, and Andrew also want to abort their marriage. They both choose this very inappropriate time to spill the beans to their long-term spouses.
Then we have 70 minutes of crying and fighting on stage until the Dumped sort of get a grip, and the Dumpers go off to London. No, they don’t know each other, and they are not going to frolic in London together.
The acting was really pleasurable, and there was good energy on stage. Paul Coates, the writer, is also on stage as Drew. I just felt like I was in a group therapy session in 1965. The dialog was tedious; it got old after ten minutes.
As I was writing the review, I came to a conclusion. Regardless of your gender preference being dumped is all the same, it stinks, and it’s never easy whether you’re with a woman or a man. If your spouse starts to talk to you about divorce at one in the morning, after a long night of partying, and he or she is not going to be around the following day to fight it out here is a suggestion. Bop the person over the head with a wine bottle (make sure it’s empty, don’t waste good wine) and drag them out the front door then lock up. Get some sleep, in the morning throw everything they own out the window, sit down and log onto Match.com, and that’s the end of it.
Written by: Paul Coates
Director: Nick DeGruccio,
Cast: William Franklin Barker, Paul Coates, Kelly
Coffield-Park, Ferrell Marshall, Wendy Radford, and David Youse.
Runs: Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm and Sunday @ 5pm Closes Oct. 20th
The Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, 90046.