L to R-Stephen Sherman,Jenny Ashman & Audrey Heffernan Meyer
photo credit: Paul Roth
There's an old saying that you "should be careful what you wish for." When high powered attorney Penny Morgan, who is married to her job, advises her mother Kay to develop new interests and hobbies now that she is alone, Penny is less than pleased when her mom listens.To discover the intriguing consequences of Penny's request and Kay's compliance, head over to Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury before Sunday, April 27.
The world premiere of Joe Godfrey's "Romance Language" offers a world of opportunities to Kay Morgan. Will she devote her time, now that she has been a divorced widow for several years, to taking tap dancing lessons, volunteering for a new charity, signing up for watercolor painting classes, the possibilities are endless.
Kay, an eager to please Audrey Heffernan Myer, heeds her daughter's good advice and decides taking lessons in Italian are the perfect choice. To that end, she hires Fiore Benedetto, a charming and handsome young tutor, captured smoothly by Stephen Sherman, to teach her how to converse in his most romantic native language.
When his instructions quickly escalate into much more than friendship, a concerned and anxious daughter, portrayed in all her protectiveness and angst by Jenny Ashman, emerges as a knight in armor to guarantee her mom is safe and not the victim of a scam. Could the much younger Fiore really be in love with Kay, so many years his senior? Does he see her simply as a way to earn his green card and as a ticket to a wealthy lifestyle? Could Penny be jealous that her mother has found happiness with a man while she has been unsuccessful herself? Will issues from the past, such as an overly devoted daughter to a father, emerge as a reason to blame her mom for what she views as abandonment when Kay sought divorce five years ago?
Sasha Brett directs this triangle of confrontation that plays out like an opera, a love both Fiore and Kay share in common.
For tickets ($31-45.50), call Seven Angels Theatre, 1 Plank Road, Waterbury at 203-757-4676 or online at www.sevenangelstheatre.org. Performances are Thursday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Motives are emotionally in question as suspicions swirl and fog the truth in this play where passions drive actions.