There are only a couple dozen seats in the renovated lobby at the Artists’ Exchange on 50 Rolfe St. in Cranston, where Kevin Broccoli’s Epic Theatre continues to challenge audiences with thought-provoking theatre.
“Homos, or Everyone in America,” written by Jordan Seavey and crisply directed by David Ledoux, is a tale of two male lovers, but it could be about “everyone in America.” Kevin calls the theatre space “site specific,” as the actors move around two connecting rooms and literally “take it outside.”
The one-act play centers around a writer (Broccoli) and an academic (Alvaro Beltran), who fall in and out of love. Angelique Dina and Michael Petrarca have minor but important roles and help to keep the play moving smoothly to its poignant conclusion. The play jumps around in time and it takes a while to get with it, but once you do it comes together beautifully. The scenes are short and filled with emotional moments as the two characters search for their own peace of mind and self-worth.
The author uses the technique of both men talking at the same time, as we often do when disagreeing and engaging in verbal battles. This forces our eyes, ears and brains to work overtime. There are a number of great lines and probing questions about life, love, commitment and communication as we watch two people struggle to understand each other and make their relationship work.
It’s a fascinating evening of theatre performed perfectly by two talented actors. Catch it this weekend. Check for reservations at www.epictheatre.org.