July 2005

Soap Opera
Written by Ralph Pape
Directed by Bernadette Jones
July 6 – July 17, 2005Poor Alex Theatre / The FringeToronto
by David Fujino
"You think about him wanting you so much that he can say such things to you, and his desire for you becomes your desire for him."

New York City. Lucy and Johnny are in love.

Lucy talks about her love for Johnny. But it wasn't always this way for her.

"Johnny couldn't believe that I had ever considered myself unattractive to men, and for the first time in my life, I couldn't either. And right about then, other guys started to pay attention to me at the office."

Lucy the office worker, Johnny the mechanic, Sharon who met Johnny in the park, a love triangle starts to form in this interwoven series of monologues, as the familiar and yet the individual differences in the love lives and fantasies of these three Gothamites take on the qualities of a satiated mirage.

Ralph Pape's play is entertaining and quietly amusing as it investigates the suppositions of love and the things we see in a lover from a distinct emotional distance.

"When someone tells you, over and over, that he loves you, that you're the most precious thing in his whole life, you lay awake at night beside him, crying, trying to find within yourself the qualities that he seems able to see so clearly, and at last you see them, too." (Lucy)

The cast is solid. Siu Ta played Lucy in a believable and naturalistic manner. Teza Lwin as Johnny exhibited a straightforward and relentless personality. In her playing of Sharon, Carolyn Goff was relaxed and detailed.

These are the players in this "Soap Opera" world with its ultimately (deadly) obsessions about love.

Realistic, sexual language, adult situations, implied nudity. Soap Opera is an 'NYC statement' about love.

"Love, love, love — all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures.” (Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch – 1971)

Johnny — Teza Lwin
Lucy — Siu Ta
Sharon — Carolyn Goff
We welcome your comments and feedback
David Fujino
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