Wednesday, March 9, 2011

On The Verge (or the Geography of Longing) by Eric Overmeyer, Mary Moody Northen Theatre, St. Edward's University, March 3 - 13

On The Verge by Eric Overmeyer, Mary Moody Northen Theatre

"Bebe Rebozo!"

Those two words summarize the wit and triviality of Eric Overmyers' On the Verge (or The Geography of Longing), now playing at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre at St. Edward's University.

I laughted at the sudden illumination of an impression from 40 years ago. Bebe Rebozo - Richard Nixon's buddy. The Florida banker. The guy with the home in Key Biscayne where our Darth Vader president took refuge from the demands of office.

But so what?

Overmyer invents a tale of three Victorian-era lady explorers venturing off to terra incognita. Pith helmeted and wrapped in voluminous skirts, they recount their observations to us and to one another in the quaintly precise language of 19th century journals. The playwright mischievously sends them enigmas and clues that signal to us the fact that these earnest and intrepid demoiselles are journeying in time as well as in space.

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