Tiersa Ferraro, left, and Leeanna Rubin in “Any Given
AT A GLANCE
“Any Given Mondayl”
The drama runs
through Oct. 25 at Tenth Street Theatre, in the lower level of the
church on 10th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. Call
414-271-1371 or visit www.intandemtheatre.org.
MILWAUKEE - On any given Monday night, there will probably be
millions of men and some women watching “Monday Night
Football.” That’s predictable. But, a play by the same name,
now showing at the Tenth Street Theatre under the auspices of In
Tandem Theatre Company, is anything but predictable.
The play is
full of surprises, humor, complex characters, terrific acting and
a clever, thought-provoking script.
It is on my “Best of 2015” list with more than two
months to go.
takes the spotlight, but the most intriguing parts of the drama
are the moral dilemmas that follow and the relationships that are
affected by these choices.
The play is
structured with a mix of narration via daughter/college student
Sarah and dramatized scenes with four characters - Lenny, a
history teacher and the cuckolded husband; Mick, his wacky friend
who works in the subway system; Lenny’s wife Risa, a wedding
planner who has an affair with Frank, the rich real estate
developer whom we never see; and their daughter Sarah, a
philosophy major who spends most of her time mulling over moral
Lenny and Risa
are Jewish, but Sarah doesn’t buy into the system. Mick is
Irish, a big-mouthed drinker, but a loyal friend of Lenny’s.
transpires is sometimes very funny, yet quite dark and overall
somewhat disturbing. We leave the theater not knowing what to
think or how to really feel about what we have just witnessed. We
only know that we have just had an entire course on ethics, human
nature and how to deal with the problem of evil - an abiding
presence in society and in each of us.
(Lenny), Todd Denning (Mick), Tiersa Ferraro (Risa) and Leeanna
Rubin (Sarah) are all stunning in their roles. Mick is the only
character who is not much changed by his choices, but Lenny’s
family is forever changed by what has occurred.
especially liked about this production is that the playwright
captured the essence of moral relativity and ambiguity, that there
is no clear division between the good guys and the bad guys, that
situations often dictate our responses, that we don’t know each
other as well as we think we do, and that our behaviors are not
always predictable, even to ourselves.
This show is
recommended for adults or very mature teenagers only.
director Chris Flieller and the fine cast for the unforgettable