REVIEW: BOSTON MARRIAGE at Vintage Theatre

by Edwin Lobach

Land of Goshen! The malversations of these coozes and spiv’s tendentiousness was rather subsidiary.
And such was the language, highfalutin, lewd and biting, in David Mamet’s play Boston Marriage. Set in
a wealthy Victorian Boston drawing room, circa late-19 th century, the play opens with middle-aged Anna
(Michelle Moore) relaxing back on her chaise and reading the bible. Enter her maid, Catherine (Jean
Schuman) announcing the arrival of Anna’s younger paramour, Claire, played by Kelly Uhlenhopp.
However, Claire has news to spill: she’s found a yet younger lover.

The play is rather dynamic in its twists and hierarchies, and even with the lofty wit of the women, I still
found it easy to follow along. I enjoyed Michelle Moore’s portrayal as Anna, the aging mistress trying to
do anything for her actual love, Claire, as we saw the love Anna shared, the sweetness and kindness, to
being insulted when Claire announced her love of another girl. Ditto Kelly Uhlenhopp’s acting through
the arguing dialogue, never missing a beat in wrapping Anna around her finger. But I have to give my
late standing ovation to Jean Schumann for flawlessly becoming a Scottish immigrant maid. Schumann
was my favorite as she swung through emotional deterioration as the Bostonian women jabbed with
racial remarks of her nationality. From her crying to her granmam’s stories to her clunking off insulted:
wonderful it was to watch the maid at work.

While Susan Rahmsdorff-Terry’s costuming set the scene perfectly, there were purple lights shining from
directly above the stage which tended to turn Megan O’Connor’s wigs a purple hue. Albeit, the Vintage
Theatre is home to rather low ceilings and small stages, and Kevin Taylor’s lighting for the set design
worked out standalone, but I couldn’t help looking at and thinking about the purple hair.
In all I liked the way the entire play came to life and I especially liked why it was chosen. From the
program’s director’s note, Lorraine Scott had told she wanted a play with strong female roles, and well,
she found it. Hardly for all audiences though. With the deft language as well as use of profanities and
sexual innuendos I can say that only the most eccentric kids would enjoy it, otherwise I would say the
target audience is adults. The live performance certainly held my interest. I give it 4/5, but the right
audience would easily give up the perfect score apropos of the loving performance.

Boston Marriage is seducing audiences until November 11th. For tickets or more information contact
the Vintage Theatre at 303-856-7830 or by visiting their website vintagetheatre.com.

 

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