Severance Play by Michael Perlmutter
Directed by Brian Robert Harris
We’ve all been there. You’re running late for work, an important presentation on the on the calendar, your job may very well hang on the line. If you indeed show up at all: you better have one helluva damned good excuse. Elaine may, after all she found a head. But she may also have lied one too many times in the past for the truth to be able set her free. And after all, what is free? And what is the truth? Winner of the Elite Theatre’s playwright’s Initiative, Severance Play, by Michael Perlmutter, is a comedy about office politics, romance, sales, lies, sex and maybe a little murder.
Severance Play is set in the offices of Matterson’s Chemicals where Jonathan, Elaine and Ginny navigate a triangle of lies and cover up. Perlmutter’s crisp, sophisticated dialogue has an edge that keeps the complex characters real and tough. The scene where the office deals with a chemical fire is brilliant – each character’s unique way of approaching the urgency works in concert with the others. As Jonathan says, Elaine “comes alive in a panic,” and in fact the play comes alive in a panic as well.
— Jean Hartley Sidden (NPX)
SEVERANCE PLAY by Michael Perlmutter, directed by Brian Robert Harris
October 29 thru November 21, 2021
Fridays, Saturdays @ 8pm / Sundays @ 2pm
SPECIAL Thursday performance on November 18th @ 8pm
Severance Play will be presented in the round, allowing the audience to be more intimately involved in the story; to provide social distancing for both actors and audience, seating will be limited.