‘Storefront Church’ at Theatrical Outfit
Extended through May 3
As of 4/15, the show has been extended another week and will run through May 3.
Pulitzer prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church” is playing at Theatrical Outfit and features a fantastic cast of actors. The script, however, is not so good. Arguments tend to drag on too long, and Shanley’s attempt at making us wonder who really is right and who is wrong is reminiscent of “Doubt: A Parable” and feels contrived here.
Shanley, who won numerous awards for “Doubt”and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Moonstruck,” seems to have looked back in time for inspiration, trying to confuse the audience once again as to who the real protagonists and antagonists are. I’m not moved that an older couple may lose their home. I like watching them fight for what they believe is theirs, but I’m not moved like I’d like to be. However, the couple sitting next to me was moved, in a way. After intermission they never returned for the second half of the show.
With actors who do a wonderful job, it’s a shame I don’t care about their characters. Well, maybe I feel a little bit for Reed Van Druyten (Joe Knezevich), the poor man who has been shot in the face when I hear his back story. Knezevich plays him so well. All the actors do a great job. I look forward to seeing them again in a better play.
Directed by David de Vries, “Storefront Church” runs at Theatrical Outfit through May 3.
Jessie Cortez . . . . . . . . Donna Briscoe
Tom Raidenberg . . . . . . . . Tom Key
Ethan Goldklang . . . . . . . . Clayton Landey
Chester Kimmich . . . . . . . . E. Roger Mitchell
Donaldo Calderon . . . . . . . . Anthony Rodriguez