One Year Lease Theater Company presents this world premiere about an illicit affair between a high school math teacher and her fifteen year-old student, told through the eyes of the student's cell phone. More…
In 'please excuse my dear aunt sally' the narrator tries to break down complicated human experiences through an order of operations you may remember from middle school. A breakneck journey from pockets to purses, through text messages and photo galleries, 'please excuse my dear aunt sally' takes us inside a unique perspective on human interaction, and tries to unpack some of life's most complex equations.
"An elegantly constructed examination of contemporary isolation and the illusory nature of electronic connection, it’s told from the perspective of a cellphone...The play is perched at the intersection of the digital and corporeal worlds — spheres that the director, Ianthe Demos, melds in a supple, fast-paced, highly physical production." Full Review
"The entire show exists in an alternate universe unlike our own...The general effect of these elements pleases and amuses the mind's eye. 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' does not feel polished, but for the inquisitive millennial who's grown up in a technologically obsessed culture, it screams of novelty. Armento pushes boundaries, challenging his spectator to engage with the modern environment. He wittily comments on the virtual phenomena that control our society." Full Review
"This is a very contemporary telling of an old tale, but in the mix are attached appendages called cell phones. It is a unique manner of telling the story because those cell phones are now living characters with speaking lines and a perspective...The play is amusing yet filled with serious overtones of illicit relationships, kids dealing with divorced parents and the price we all pay for being so connected and transparent in our daily lives in this high-tech world." Full Review
"The important thing to remember at 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is that this oddball play is coming to us from the perspective of a cell phone recounting what has been said and happening...What the play has going for it apart from Armento’s unusual idea is the acting by a very affable cast." Full Review
"If 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is an overfamiliar tale that doesn't always bother to flesh out its characters, Armento's writing is almost always pleasurable on a line-by-line basis...It doesn't fully convince, yet it's hard not to get caught up in its depiction of a train wreck in the making. By the end, you may even feel the pain of what happens to these foolhardy, yet tragic, lovers." Full Review
See it if you want ingenious, energized storytelling with nuanced relationships, lovely theatrical touches, and skillful craftsmanship all around
Don't see it if you don't think dark stories can come in bright packages
See it if you are a theater professional! The show is masterfully directed, inventive and inspiring.
Don't see it if you can't look past flawed material. The play is very good, but would've been better if the protagonist was "of age" rather than 15.
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