A day with Samantha followed by an evening at Writers’ Theatre seeing “The Letters”

1-DSC_0074Another relaxing vacation day with Samantha as we attended to some errands, enjoyed Samantha and her company. We had an errand to Katy Boldt’s jewelry store to make some Christmas present adjustments for MK and then to Mr. Hertelendy’s for some new watch batteries and a major fix of MK’s good Raymond Weil watch which is suffering following a fall in which the crystal was broken and one of the hands knocked off. MK was worried about it and when we went into a high end watch store in Highland Park, just on the chance that they might help out, they told us that we were well into the 1K area in dollars for such a fix. Yesterday, Mr. Hertelendy called me up at the end of the day to say it would be $41. Quite a difference, I might say!

Samantha got into water color painting and spent some time before her nap and then after her nap at it. She had some nice results. We then had dinner, took her home and went to Writer’s Theatre on Vernon for a play, “The Letters.” It was quite the interesting theatre experience.

The play is set in 1930s Russia and involves only two participants. One is a woman who is called in (or summoned as she later puts it) to talk to her boss. The confusion of why she is called in continues throughout the play. The play lasts for one hour and fifteen minutes without intermission.

Dozing? Not possible. The play is riveting! Due to the intimate theatre quarters, the two actors were less than six feet away from me, at times, as we sat in the front row. There were only about four rows altogether on each side and I believe there were fewer than sixty people in the theatre.

The woman called in to see her boss very carefully plays her role, firmly ensconced in the framework of her time period, knowing how to deal with her cards and play them appropriately. Her superior, “the Director,” does the same.

As put in the blurb on the website, it becomes a total game of “cat and mouse” and the audience is always trying to see who has the upper hand. The intimacy of the setting allows for no mind-wandering. The play is carefully directed and the actions are well-planned, down to the removal of jackets, physical placement in regards to one another (lots of ‘In your face’ time), and tone and language.

At one point, we all wondered how “physical” things were going to get, anger, suspicion, and such having more of an aphrodisiac quality than one ever thinks.

In the playbook, it states that this is a universal theme noted by the author of the play, John W. Lowell and I must say that it is. I still shudder, something noted by my current department chairman, when “summoned” into the boss’ office. The powerplay that ensues between boss and underling is quite interesting and can take different paths and given different time periods and different politics can go many different ways.

This is a play to see, it is not your usual play, it is a quick view into something we don’t often see and/or discuss. See it and you will not be disappointed.

About Richard Koerner

Seventy something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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