Two married couples meet for the first time shortly after their respective sons have a nasty schoolyard tangle. Their attempt at having a civilized discussion quickly devolves into finger-pointing, name-calling, and throwing things. And that's before they break out the rum!
Rene Ruelas as Michael Novack
Tina Shelley as Veronica Novack
Lisa Dolnics as Annette Raleigh
Billy Hyland as Alan Raleigh
@ Village Theatre Guild
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Callbacks (if necessary) – Monday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m.
At first, she seems like the most benevolent of the bunch. Instead of resorting to litigation regarding her son Henry's injury, she believes that they can all come to an agreement about how Benjamin Raleigh should make amends for his attack. Her flaws lie in her overly judgmental nature and her true colors fly (along with various items) throughout the play while still attempting to maintain her crumbling facade of civility.
Michael appears eager to create peace between the two boys and perhaps even bond with the Raleighs. He is quick to agree with them and tries to make light of the event. As the dialogue continues, Michael reveals his uncouth nature, even denouncing child-raising as a wasteful, grueling experience. A real Neanderthal.
Annette is constantly on the brink of a panic attack. Like Veronica, she wants resolution and believes at first that communication can ameliorate the situation between the two boys. Unfortunately, the pressures of motherhood and household have eroded her self-confidence. She feels abandoned by her husband who is eternally preoccupied with his cell phone until Annette finally loses control and drops the phone into a vase of flowers.
Modeled after other slimy lawyers from countless other stories, Alan is the most openly rude because he frequently interrupts their meeting by talking on his cell phone. His law firm represents a pharmaceutical company that is about to be sued because one of their new products seems to be causing several neurological symptoms in its patients (including Michael's mother.) He is a narcissist and misogynist and believes that people will always act out of self-interest.