Monday, November 11, 2013

PREVIEW: The Argument at Theater J

Theater J, located inside the Washington DC JCC will continue it's season with Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros' play THE ARGUMENT. The play, originally written in 2005, was rewritten by the playwright for this production to better appeal to today's audiences.

THE ARGUMENT is about "Sophie, a charming, vibrant artist, and Phillip, a loyal, solid businessman, are a 40-something couple whose new relationship is rocked when Sophie learns she is pregnant. As each fights for the only future he or she can imagine, they are both forced to recognize the profound personal differences between them. And when the word "abortion" is introduced into the debate, all bets are off.

This newly commissioned 2013 edition of The Argument chronicles the arc of a relationship with humor, passion, brutality, and up-to-the-minute relevance."

While not exactly a "new" play, it'll be very interesting to see how audiences react to a play that was altered in a hope to better serve modern audiences and whether or not it was worth the rewrite.

The play seemingly deals with very touchy issues in an almost light and comedic way. I wonder if this is the case, and if so, how this will play on stage. I think the play's concept asks some interesting, relevant questions. It now depends on execution to see how the audience answers them.

Any time the issue of abortion is brought up, whether on stage, in film, or in real life, people have very strong reactions so it will be interesting to see if this play incites these strong reactions or if people will be afraid to really speak their minds on such a sensitive subject.

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