37 min | Comedy, Drama | PG
What lurks in The Triangle? The play’s description suggests cheesy-poof comedy: is it ghosts? Aliens? The pirates of the Caribbean? Based on those show notes and my first impressions of the amateurish set at Café Nostalgica, I feared this play might be one to skip. I told myself that The Triangle could only work based on the strength of the actors.
Thankfully, both Meaghan Flaherty as Jess Whistler and Lydia Riding as Izzy Whistler deliver strong performances that go beyond the cornball premise of two sisters stuck on a deserted island in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle.
The initial act, in which we see the two sisters on a boat following a freak cruise ship explosion, lays it on a bit thick (think Gilligan’s Island jokes and exaggerated sound effects) but brought a number of hearty laughs to the audience, me included. This intro establishes the characters: the secretive Jess, once the popular girl in high school, and her little sister Izzy, book smart and successful but still living under Jess’s shadow. The sisters haven’t spent much time together over the past years – they don’t exactly get along – but they try to patch things up on this cruise until all goes to shits.
While this beginning hints at a comedic journey, the second act takes a surprising dramatic twist. Overall, The Triangle ends up being more drama, interspersed with comedic moments (most of which come from Jess and her pop culture references and various hallucinations played by Ethan Pitcher [Oh, you X-Men loving Josh Hewitt]).
It might have been a risk to hold The Triangle at a bar, but it works. The performance clocked in at 37 minutes and I wished they had kept going a bit longer to see where this all goes.
The Triangle is a funny and engaging play, perfect to enjoy with a beer on a late evening.
The Triangle by Paul J. Piekoszewski is playing at BYOV C – Café Nostalgica Saturday, June 18 at 4:00pm; Sunday, June 19 at 2:30pm; Monday, June 20 at 9:30pm; Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30pm; Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30pm; Thursday, June 23 at 8:00pm; Friday, June 24 at 9:00pm and Saturday, June 25 at 6pm.
Tickets are $12.