10 - Feb. 1, 2003
James Sherman, dubbed by one critic as Chicago's resident domestic jester, sets
up a host of parallels in his buoyant romantic comedy.
side-by-side apartments for the set are mirror images of each other and the
story itself juxtaposes poetry and music, insecurity and self-confidence, as
well as, two sets of parent and child.
and Isabel are middle-aged loners whose single parents are overwhelming forces
in their lives. Charles lives alone with his music and books. Isabel, a poet
newly separated from her husband, moves in next door and immediately puts her
head in the oven. When Charles smells gas and dials 911, he inadvertently saves
Isabel explains her half-baked suicide attempt with "I just turned 40, and my
50-year-old husband left me for a 20-year-old. You do the math." When Isabel's
doting father arrives for a visit, he befriends Charles' mother, a friendship
that quickly turns into a love connection. This leaves the door open for the
younger couple to make their own connection. All in all, the play is a comic
illustration of love's ability to blossom under unlikely circumstances.