Theater: Woolly Mammoth Theater (Gallery Place-red or Archives/Navy Memorial-Green)
Cost: There are student tickets for $15
Dates: Through December 7
The play is an exploration of two unlikely characters who must face the possibility that they may become the last man and woman on earth, while the whole time they are watched over by our omniscient docent Barbara (Sarah Marshall). There is some pleasurable chemistry between Jules (Aubrey Deeker) and Jo (Kimberly Gilber), and there should be since the program says that they are roommates in real life. They shine as two grad students trapped in an underground lab during what may be the end of the world. Watching the two of them try and cope with the enormity of their lives is surprisingly fun, due to the especially lighthearted writing. This is quite a feat considering the seriousness of the subject matter, but the humor makes the thoughtful commentary on science and biology go down fairly easy. The set is gorgeous (I’d expect nothing less from a Woolly production), and thrust they constructed is a fun change for that space.
I know what you are saying though. You’re saying “I’ve see it before. It’s your basic story of ‘boy meets girl, world ends, boy and girl survive.” And I’d be inclined to agree. All of this is solid, but alone it would not make for a fantastic play, were it not for Sarah Marshall, who shines in another brilliant comedic performance. Marshall (who we recently saw in Woolly’s Maria/Stuart) delivers line after hysterical line in a part that really ties the show together. Her commentary lightens up the more serious moments and provides some perspectives in the more confusing ones. Her performance is not to be missed.