Theater Review - Really Really (NY)

Paul Downs Colaizzo, a young new playwright just out of college, has written a really depressing play, “Really Really.” It is not badly written and its young actors are well-directed  by David Cromer. However, the seven college students depicted are so selfish, self-involved and seemingly without  a moral compass, it is scary.  In two hours with one intermission we meet them all and all of them are of the “ME” generation. 

 

Zosia Mamet is the gifted daughter and granddaughter of theater royalty. Her mom is Lindsay Crouse. (Her father was Russell Crouse, who penned many Pulitzer prize-winning plays and musicals.) In an ironic turn, Zosia, also the daughter of David Mamet, who has penned some of the most cynical pieces for stage, is Leigh, a young woman with big problems. Although she is engaged to Jimmy and is carrying his baby, played by Evan Jonigkeit, who has won awards from both the Connecticut Critics and the Outer Critics, she's had a one-night fling at a drunken party with Davis, the attractive Matt Lauria, and claims it was rape.  The question hangs in the air, never to be fully answered.

 

Davis, who is still getting over being jilted, insists he was drunk and swears to his best friend, Cooper, a muscled David Hull, that he remembers nothing. Desperation sets in when he knows he will be suspended and kicked out of school.  His friends on his rugby team do not want to take sides.  Kobi Libii as Johnson gives a clear portrait, when he explains that he wants nothing to do with him, for he does not want to be tainted by scandal.

 

Meanwhile Leigh's best friend and roommate, Grace, is leading seminars at The Future Leaders of America Conference, where with fervor she teaches members to know how to get what they want.  In this role, Lauren Culpepper, razor thin with long curly hair, has a real flair for comedy, delivering her lines with serious pizzazz.  Grace, too, does not believe Leigh, another blow for this young woman's angst.  In the end, Davis confronts Leigh and their meeting has a surprising sexual twist.   There is another unnecessary character, Haley, Leigh's sister (Aleque Reid).

 

David Korin’s set design, manipulated by a crew, David Weiner's Lighting and Sarah Laux's Costumes were adequate. Daniel Luger's loud, edgy original musical composition was effective.

 

“Really Really” gets a C+.  There are too many questions left blank on the multiple choice questions.

At the Lucille Lortel Theater on Christopher Street.

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