This new dramedy centers around a Silicon Valley bungalow, from which three generations of the Finch family are in constant fear of being uprooted. More…
The multi-generational Finches have weathered a rapidly-changing community in the heart of Silicon Valley crammed together in rambunctious harmony. 'Or Current Resident' throws the covers off an eccentric little universe that has survived on fortitude and self-deception; a universe that now lies shivering in the cold glare of unexpected, untenable revelations.
"Despite its high stakes and fast emotional clip...rarely feels soap operatic: credit lies in the well-rounded script and the cast's subtle chemistry...By presenting characters we can simultaneously laugh at, root for, and relate to, Bigwood drives home the point that these merciless systems can impact any of us...Edging the peripheries of TFTNA's black box...This tight internal frame keeps us invested in the action yet removed enough to observe the broader issues at play." Full Review
"It’s refreshing to find a conventional, naturalistic production of a new script...What’s most striking about the script is Ms. Bigwood’s naturalistic dialogue. She’s very skilled at delayed exposition...What’s more, the playwright imbeds the most significant lines in the conversation with marvelous subtlety...Varnell’s direction is smooth and subtle, seemingly effortless...Some of the actors rush their lines...They’ve neglected to balance the needs of naturalism with the needs of the listener." Full Review
"It's frustrating that this play never starts nor illuminates how 'gentrification sucks'. No protagonist is compelling enough to care about. And it's hard to maintain interest in a dilemma - even a potential eviction - that the playwright herself is not sufficiently focused on...Suffers from a profound lack of cohesiveness, dramatic imagination, and theatricality. It's a chaotic mix of mystifying sub-plots, exasperating narration, and a gentrification plot that only resurfaces now and then." Full Review
See it if You want to see a play about a family and how they deal with loss, overcrowded household and social media. You have an open mind.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that has one theme throughout, this play has several. You are not interested in seeing a play about family issues.
See it if if you want to see a show with some potential but isn't ready for prime time.
Don't see it if if a show much too long that tries too hard for an almost happy ending will never do it for you.
See it if you are interested in a dysfunctional family, each unravelling in their individual dramas while living under the same roof.
Don't see it if are trying to escape the reality of current modern society and it's impact on folks who are trying their best despite the odds against them.
See it if you like good ensemble acting involving timely and/or trendy modern subjects. And props. A lot of props.
Don't see it if you aren't keen to sit through a whole act of exposition just to set up an explosive 2nd act. Or you're easily distracted by too many props.
See it if you're really into family dramas, the kind where a whole family sits around a kitchen table hashing out issues and secrets are spilled.
Don't see it if you'd be disappointed that the most interesting theme - middle-class economic uncertainty - gets lost amid lesser, soapier subplots.
See it if You want to support small theater. The actors worked hard, but the material was all over the place. Many subplots, no real point.
Don't see it if you want a story that actually has a point. This covered so much territory, and ended with one wondering "what was that about?"
See it if If you are friends or family with the cast/developers--like the audience I was in seemed to be mostly comprised of.
Don't see it if Series of underdeveloped/overdramatic plots that never conclude & unlikable characters. Can't really tell you what the point was..just don't
See it if You like to support a playwright and actors even if neither may be at the top of their game for this production that could use much editing!
Don't see it if You can’t sit through contrived storytelling that throws everything...and I mean EVERYTHING at you in the place for any depth or meaning.
See it if You are interested in the effect of social media and gentrification on family and social interactions. You enjoy clever writing and a strong
Don't see it if You need the avant garde and edgy latest thing.
See it if you like small intimate settings, like clever engaging relevant family drama, like drama set in current times, like social commentary.
Don't see it if you don't like going out for a great night of theatre...
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