Westmount’s Dramatis Personae continues its current three short play run of Zoom in Love, which began on May 7. I enjoyed the kick-off.The first two playlets are by Rich Orloff, who I met years ago on a trip to New York City. I attended a play performed on an open-air Greenwich Village rooftop. He, the author of that play, was by chance seated near me and perplexed as to why I was taking copious notes. Since then, I read excerpts of a number of his many plays on the Internet and became a fan.
His recent one, chosen by Dramatis Personae, is Womb With a View, which features a new kid about to be born (Ann Elbourne) but resists leaving the comfort of the womb despite the enticements of the birthing team (Ann Gamsa, Rashed Chowdhury, Gregory Karpuzas, Ellen Rubin). Orloff’s second playlet, Can This Marriage Be Saved?, is set in a courtroom where the Judge (Linda Nourse) hears the Plaintiff (Karen Sauter) on behalf of the human race suing the Defendant God (Clive Brewer) for separation while a bailiff (Christine Dandurand) and an announcer (Jenny Chopra) observe.
The third playlet, by Jonathan Rand, is Check Please. This is comprised of 12 really short bits where all ten cast members above are paired in two-handers of potential couples virtually meeting but having doomed results best shown by the titles of the types involved: Acronym Talker, Self Centered Tool, Rude Cell Phone Interrupter, Phony Linguist, Political Zealot, Cousins, Possible Cousins, Over Eager Guy, Dead Dog, Businessman, Psychic and Cheers.
The evening is ably directed by Linda Nourse with fitting background music by, as usual, Roger Jochym.