Apr 06-Apr 22, 2018
Waitless is a unique new play exploring the challenges of uprooting. Waitless is a play about expats, written by an expat. This 'backwards love story' starts with a happy ending: blissful newlyweds Shelly and Trent find love, top-notch careers, and excitement in New York City. But with a transfer to London for Trent they must swap this for a new life in London. Shelly gives up her dream job to follow her heart, only to find expat life is not all it's cracked up to be.
|Director, Sound Designer, Procucer|
|Set, Lighting & Properties Design|
|Trent West, British Expert, Waiter, Jack, Jane, Stacey, Frances, BBC Announcer, British Temp Agent, Pizza Shop Manager, George, And Jerry|
|Light And Sound Board Operator|
|Poster And Tee Shirt Design|
|House Manager Coordinator|
Strong performances anchor "Waitless"
- By MIKE COOK, Las Cruces Bulletin
Opening night of Black Box Theatre's production of "Waitless" Friday, April 6, was especially nerve-wracking for actors Carol Ayon and David Reyes. It also was a rare treat for director Ceil Herman and the audience, as playwright Cailin Harrison and her husband, Andrew Holmes, were in attendance.
The pair traveled to Las Cruces to see the first production of the play in the United States outside Los Angeles, where they live. The play won the producer's encore award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2014 and was also performed at the Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2015. I'll bet those productions had nothing on the one Harrison and Holmes saw in Las Cruces.
With a simple set and few costume changes, this show is about the story and the acting and directing that tell it. The few but effective props used in the play include an ever-present treadmill, which proves an effective metaphor for much that transpires.
Veteran actress and singer Ayon is Shelly West, who gives up a job and a great promotion to follow her husband to his new job in London. Ayon's performance captures the angst and uncertainty her character deals with as husband Trent chases his job to night and weekend assignments around the world. She is left to find her own identity in a strange
and sometimes unwelcoming culture.
Reyes, also a seasoned Las Cruces actor, not only plays the much traveled husband; he's also 10 other characters in the play. They include Shelly's new jogging buddies, a waiter, her boss at a shor - lived job and the wives of three of her husband's business colleagues.
As Ayon holds the center as Shelly, Reyes flows about her as all the interesting characters who color and enliven her waitless journey to self. She is the rock; he is the river.
As they have done in two other productions at Black Box, Ayon and Reyes find a chemistry with each other and a connection with their characters. They make this both a fun and an interesting play.
Remaining performances of 'Waitless' at the Black Box, 430 Main St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 13-14 and 20-21, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, April 15 and 22, and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.
Mike Cook may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No seating plan has been posted.