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Romantic Trapezoid

Members say: Banal, Fluffy, Entertaining, Funny, Cliched
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Members
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38 reviews
 

This world premiere comedy centers around an overachieving woman, whose life is thrown for a loop.

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Melissa figures she has everything: a thriving career, a devoted partner (who never overstays his welcome), and the freedom to enjoy whatever and whomever else she wants. But when an unexpected visitor brings equally unexpected news, Melissa’s rollicking life turns into comic confusion, replete with surprising twists and a tantalizing resolution.

 

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Reviews (42)

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Avg Score

50
TheaterScene.net

“The problem is that under Albert Bonilla's stolid and matter-of-fact direction, Elizabeth Ingham and Zack Calhoon's characters never come alive. Just trading quips is not a sophisticated style and as all of their lines are said the same way without variety, it becomes tiresome quite soon. While Donze continually surprises us as Beth, Melissa and Dave remain the same throughout. And the production design doesn't help much… Viviane Galloway's costumes are extremely conservative and colorless.” Full Review

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Diandra Reviews it All

"The dialogue between Dave and Melissa can struggle if not taken by the right perspective, which is why I elaborate that 'Romantic Trapezoid’s premise is rather simple and quick...Still, the play, along with their relationship, is revived by the marvelous and quirky Beth...Donze’s Beth comes with a surprising amount of depth...Moreover, the character proves Cahn’s script can smartly veer from the classic, romantic tropes it musters...All in all, the play is quick 'pick me up.'" Full Review

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Plays to See

"The title 'Romantic Trapezoid' suggests an interesting twist on the classic triangle. It isn’t...There are also no real plot complications or reversals, one at most...We have exposition, the introduction of the other woman, and the resolution...There could be interesting characters or memorably witty dialogue along the way, but there isn’t either really...This is a competent, professional production...The performers are all certainly capable. There’s just nothing to rave about." Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"No doubt an interesting formula steeped in plenty of dramatic potential, but unfortunately, it never fully catches fire, handicapped by a severe absence of urgency in addressing the matter. Plagued by a series of unnecessarily long silences between each line, the conversation between Melissa and Dave is quite dull...Fortunately, in all this mangled chaos, the production manages to salvage itself (albeit barely) with the beyond brilliant casting of Joy Donze." Full Review

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68
Funny, Romantic, Banal, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you are looking for a cute little show with cute characters and an obvious plot. Acceptably entertainment but no surprises.

Don't see it if you want a play with a deep plot and well developed characters.

40
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Dated

See it if Decent actors desperately try to lift up the poorly written material which periodically throws in old movie references for no good reason.

Don't see it if If you like 80 minutes of torture, this is your show. The only folks laughing were, I presume, the creative team in the back row.

65
Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Enjoy the psyche of relationships between a man who wants a woman and the woman who is too busy for him...and then comes along #2.

Don't see it if You don't like stories that are too drawn out. The last 10 minutes pulled the play together.

70
Funny, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Slow, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a light and fluffy performance about a woman who is not serious about her "main" man until...........

Don't see it if You are not interested in a play about relationships and what happens when something changes.

65
Ambitious, Banal, Slow

See it if A not so funny love "triangle". First scene was absolutely boring.

Don't see it if You want a cute, funny rom-com style play. This is not it.

55
Great acting, Banal, Cliched, Dated, Great staging

See it if You like watching good actors and a director at work.

Don't see it if You need a good script.

75
Funny, Clever, Relevant

See it if you like romantic comedies or relationship drama.

Don't see it if you dislike strong female leads or simple, straightforward stories...there are a couple of twists in the story.

73
Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a gender role reversal where the woman wants independence and the man wants commitment. Interesting twists involved.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in relations between the sexes. Plot gets more interesting with the second scene, which I really liked.

48
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Slow

See it if you don't mind watching a substanceless, repetitive play that tries (and fails) to be entertaining and resolves without any character growth

Don't see it if lack of substance, lack of chemistry, and lack of purpose bother you. You'd rather not waste an hour and a half.

Also I was hoping this would be fluffy and entertaining; instead, it was re... Read more Read less

66
Uninspiring, Fluffy, Loquacious

See it if for lightweight verbose play on relationship commitment topic.

Don't see it if seeking intellectual or fast paced play.

68
Funny, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You get a cheap or free ticket

Don't see it if You are looking for anything challenging

69
Great acting, Cliched

See it if You enjoy great acting, regardless of poor writing. Direction of female lead is poor at times; acting by entire cast is terrific.

Don't see it if You care that dialogue makes sense (especially near the end) and you want plot twists that can't be seen through well in advance of reveal.

Also This excellent cast deserves a MUCH better play. Calhoon's Bogart imit... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you like interactions between a couple that is dating; a short, sweet, entertaining play

Don't see it if you are old, married and bitter

61
During previews
Ambitious, Cliched, Fluffy

See it if Light romantic play about commitment issues. If you like a simple story involving relationships this is for you.

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer musicals or dramas with a message.

47
During previews
Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Stilted, Mean spirited

See it if You know someone involved with the production. You're a fan of classic screwball comedies & want to see all homages.

Don't see it if You want romance & comedy. You want likable characters. You want natural dialogue & voices. You want a couple to root for.

66
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Uneven, Some funny parts

See it if Donze is hysterically funny and Inghram is able to piggyback on that on the 2nd scene.

Don't see it if it's just silly and unbelievable. The 1st scene bad to the point of being funny for being​ bad.

Also The name is clearly as overblown as the writing. It's 100% a love tria... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Cute, Fluffy, Uneven

See it if You enjoy romantic comedies. There are some funny parts (especially the scene w/ Donze - who steals the show).

Don't see it if It's a work in progress. The first scene is painfully awkward at times & not in a good way. Might improve as previews continue.

72
During previews
Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy unusual romantic stories with unbelievable interactions between characters.

Don't see it if You like relatable love stories with good portrayals of strong women.

75
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Like to see how 3 people, come to terms with bieng in love with the wrong person.

Don't see it if Dont, like a 3 party breaking up your relationship, or marriage.

55
During previews
Good cast, So so romantic comedy

See it if you like light, fluffy comedies about relationships.

Don't see it if you don't like light, fluffy comedies. The cast is good and tries, but the material is slight and repetitive.

69
During previews
Romantic, Indulgent, Banal, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you are up for a TV-sitcom on stage, with accompanying silliness and predictable plot. This is a piece of fluff, but is cute in its way.

Don't see it if you want something deep, dramatic, extremely funny or unpredictable. You have nothing much to do on a rainy Sunday and want to be amused.

67
During previews
Circular plot not hot

See it if You want a light, short night of theater in the area. A fluffy ball of cotton candy on stage.

Don't see it if Play is a boat ride around a lake. Refreshing, but goes nowhere. When most of audience can deduce transparent plot, it's tedious sit indeed.

Also Theatrical soda. Sweets with lots of fizz, but no bite or substance. M... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Cute, Fluffy

See it if you like sitcom-type situations and humor. This is a cute play that tries hard (and it's clear the cast has talent).

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced or intellectually-stimulating. Fairly familiar ground covered in this romantic-type comedy.

65
During previews
Ambitious, Banal, Fluffy

See it if you’re not expecting to see anything more than a bunch of fluff & you’re ok with that.

Don't see it if you’re not in the mood for silliness.

71
During previews
Entertaining, Silly, Far fetched, Nice set, Fast pace

See it if You like TV sitcoms, this felt like watching one of those to me...pleasant enough if you’re willing to suspend reality enough for the joke.

Don't see it if You want a serious show or even a serious comedy. It’s fun enough but there are quite a few “that would never happen” moments.