Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From a Midlife Crisis
This meandering theatrical collage focuses on women dealing with the legacies of their mothers.
The script -- by Amy Ferris, Ken Ferris and Krista Lyons -- splinters its central narrative between three women (played by Eliza Ventura, Meghan Duffy, and Colleen Zenk). The actresses sometimes portray different aspects of one central character, a woman who's mid-menopause and coping with her elderly mother's progressive dementia, while sometimes, they become other individualized characters, whose experiences, histories and world views both mirror and comment upon the piece's central story.
Unfortunately, nothing in the production, which has been sluggishly staged by Frank Ventura, ever assists audiences in navigating the shifts the text takes. And it's often not until the actresses are well into one of their stories, which cover everything from the emotional and physical tribulations of "the change" to painful childhood memories to reveries about the male celebrity of the show's title, that theatergoers realize which narrative is being put forth.
Nonetheless, the work does contain nuggets of genuine insight and even some pointedly funny moments (although these are frequently undercut by John Emmett O'Brien's overly aggressive sound design), and the actresses often do what they can to spark the show to life.
Zenk notably combines a sort of sepia-toned sentimentality with an ironic edge for one monologue in which a woman remembers her mother's adoration of Isadora Duncan, while Duffy proves absolutely devastating in a sequence in which a woman remembers her depressive mother's suicide.