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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Suburban Peepshow

Well...this show has closed, so it's a bit late in the game to be recommending anyone go and see it. Hopefully, it will make another appearance quite soon. Extension, he cried. Extension!

I've seen two of Jimmy Comtois' plays The Adventures of Nervous Boy and now Suburban Peepshow. I remember talking to him about this new production, and how he felt it was his lighter fare. The quirky, quick-and-dirty comedy to contrast the darker work of Nervous Boy.

What I found, instead, is that his voice is very much the same, and perhaps, a little more free, in Suburban Peepshow. Without any particular statement to make about alienation and Urban Ennui, he winds up writing a play full of alienation and ennui, which somehow manages to be hilarious and messy and intricate... without any strain or anxiety in the craft. It was very much like The Adventures of Nervous Boy, without being an repeat performacne, which is a very good thing.

I might add that Zack Calhoon was fabulous as Bill, and was new to the Nosedive crew. Great job on his part as well.

(Trailers, too, was very funny. Don't want to leave that out. Rebecca Comtois, the younger sibling, would make milk come out of my nose if she were at my lunch table. This young lady ain't half bad either.)

I'd also like to say a word about the direction (which will likely please Michael). Pete Boisvert has impressed the hell out of me with his creative use of limited spaces (he made the Red Room work with a fair amount of ingenuity and some really lovely staging) and does great work with actors, very clearly. The casts for both shows were not only funny, and inventive, but affecting and truthful in outlandish situations. That's, I'm sure, in no small part to his work.

So, bravo Nosedive and thanks for a fine time.

1 comment:

Zack Calhoon said...

Thanks man. Hope to see you at "PEASANT". Talk to you soon.