A Provacation Production of “Inevitable” at the Sandbox
San Francisco Playhouse Sandbox Series is back in business and is currently presented new works by local playwrights at their old location in the small 45 seat intimate band box theatre called Unscripted Theatre. The mission of The Sandbox Series is to establish a creative environment for new and established playwrights to take their works to the next level from the page. The San Francisco Playhouse strives to bridge the gap between “readings” and “main stage” productions to provide increased exposure to new voices in American Theatre.
San Francisco Playhouse has kicked off their Sandbox Series with the world premiere of Jordan Puckett’s “Inevitable” running through March 23rd. Puckett is the Playhouse’s literary manager and lighting designer and this is her first play to be produced on stage.
The 50 minute drama ponders the question “What would you do if you could stop time”. I am sure most of us have thought this at one time or another. The plot centers on Evelyn who has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease and she wants badly to stop the clock before the sickness spreads further. She keeps slowly slipping from wrangling with her scientific husband Carl or interrelating with her daughter Rene. But the cost of this seemly impossibility may be destroying the family she has worked in a lifetime to create. The big question here is what does it mean to die? And when you do, what is the legacy that you want to leave behind.
The play does need work since some of the characters are not fleshed out. Two of the characters need to be filled out more to become a successful drama. It is really unclear how alienated, or not, Rene is from her mother. However Jordon Puckett does an excellent job of setting up Evelyn’s mental stage that is infinitely aided by director Lauren English direction. The director also captures the quirky rhythms of the marital confrontations between Evelyn and her husband Carl and the clashes between her and her daughter.
Molly Noble portrayal of the nervous distracted Evelyn is impressive. Keith Burkland gives a winning performance as the husband Carl while Carlye Pollack is engaging as daughter Rene. Nichole Braucher set is very interesting on this small stage. She has a minimalist set with clocks suspended all around and sitting within the set.
“Inevitable” runs at the Un-Scripted Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco through March 23rd. For tickets call 415-677-9596 or on line at www.sfplayhouse.org Opening on their main stage at 450 Post Street, San Francisco will be Neil Labute’s “Reason to be Pretty” on March 26th and running through May 11th.