Male bonding takes its toll on four guys when a cryptic message from one leads the others on a chase from Manhattan to a seaside escape in this two-act comedy.
The story of four middle-aged New Yorkers, all in the midst of personal crises. Plans to attend a Knicks game are sidetracked when neurotic Julius announces that he is moving to the island of Mallorca. Stan's wife may be leaving him, but he rushes to Mallorca when Julius threatens to kill himself. Leo and Arthur arrive, as does Roberta, the woman who may have pushed Julius over the edge. Fear, frustration, and urination combine to bring about the redemption of the four men's friendship.
"'Mallorca' harks back to Neil Simon’s classics. It’s a jokey, sentimental story with a moral and a message. If that’s your thing, then 'Mallorca' will be a delight, for it’s an entertaining play with sitcom-esque beats and corny jokes. But if you like your theater to stand out from the stuff you watch passively at home, then it might not be for you."
"The 'Mallorca' storyline is simple and predictable...It’s the acting in 'Mallorca' that saves the day...The play explores interesting territory. But for a comic investigation of bonding patterns among New York City heterosexual males, you’ll do at least as well to watch HBO’s 'Bored to Death,' which explores the theme in a funnier and more sophisticated way."
"'Mallorca' is not a deeply intellectual piece, but it is funny as hell. Playwright Sheldon Bull is a veteran sitcom writer and his pacing and versatility are evident. Donald Brenner has directed this piece excellently. 'Mallorca' doesn’t break new ground, but it presents men in a fresh, funny and non-stereotypical way."