Delaware Theatre Company has certainly started their season off with a bang. Any Given Monday follows Lenny, a middle school teacher and devoted husband, whose life is turned upside down after his wife Risa has an affair and leaves. His best friend Mickey takes matters into his own hands and tries to cheer Lenny up by... well, now that would ruin the surprise.
Kenny Morris, Lucy DeVito, and Michael Mastro
As soon as you walk into the theatre, you feel like you really are peeking into someone's home. Dirk Durossette's set is impeccable. Even though the entire show takes place in the same room, you feel like you can picture the rest of the house. In fact, I feel like I've been in that house before. From the set to the acting on stage, everything seems very real.
Although the story follows Lenny, it is really his daughter Sarah's story. She is the story teller, guiding us through their life with vignettes to the audience. We learn a bit of the family history, insights into why Lenny acts the way he does. It's only in these moments that the fourth wall is broken, and it's only really Sarah who speaks directly to the audience. It almost feels a little like Tom in The Glass Menagerie, except with a lot more humor. Lucy DeVito is very natural as Sarah, trustworthy. You feel as though you've known her for a long time. Sarah is the quintessential philosophy student, always questioning... always trying to find the next big, unanswered theory. Lucy DeVito certainly inherited her parents' acting talents, and I am excited to see where her career goes from here.
Lucy DeVito as Sarah
Her mother, Risa, on the other hand, is a complete opposite of her daughter. Risa seems to be always trying to get her way, and Leslie Hendrix plays Risa so perfectly that when things start to not awry, you almost feel sorry for her. Part of me completely understands where she's coming from. I don't agree with her actions, but I do understand. The way that Bruce Graham has written these characters makes you feel like you know these people. You have been to parties, had lunch, worked with these people.
Kenny Morris and Leslie Hendrix
The relationship between Lenny and Mickey is one of those friendships that on the surface makes absolutely no sense until you see them in action. Lenny is very predictable, solid, gentlemanly. Mickey is, well, not. At first, I was unsure how I felt about Michael Mastro as Mickey. He was jumpy, fidgety, and seemed like he was on drugs, to be quite honest. As the story unfolds, that's exactly as he should be. Kenny Morris's Lenny is your best friend's dad growing up, very polite, always thinking of other people, and a bit of a pushover. You fight for Lenny, and you want him to take back control of his life instead of dreaming that he could be more like Atticus Finch. The truth is, he already is like Atticus.
Kenny Morris and Michael Mastro
Overall, Any Given Monday is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time. It's dark, sure, and while you're laughing you know you shouldn't be, but it's so therapeutic to laugh at what's happening. Bud Martin is an excellent director, and I'm very excited to see what else he has in store for us in the rest of the season.
Any Given Monday runs through September 22 at Delaware Theatre Company. For tickets, call the box office at 302.594.1100 or visit http://www.delawaretheatre.org.
Posted at 10:43am on September 9, 2013 by Gina Poletti
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