Directed by Bill Ryan
As part of Oracle Production’s B-Side Project’s
Remember America in Commemoration of
the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Bickering couples drama not a fitting commemoration of 911 attacks
How strange that playwright Sean Farrell’s Life Separates Us is billed as a commemoration of the attacks on 911 since the work hardly mentions or refers to 911? The is mostly a dysfunctional relationship drama about two bickering couples who attend a weekly support group run by a controversial leader. There is also a vaguely underdeveloped story about a couple living in NYC that has the wife apparently working at the World Trade Center on that September. The details about exactly what happened to Tom (William Goblirsh) and Marie (Annie Hogan) are weaved in between several irritating bickering sessions between two totally obnoxious and unlikable couples.
I wanted to know more about Tom and Marie but all I got was scene after scene that contained screaming, hollering, and shouting that made me wonder why playwright Farrell thought that the bickering among these folks had any relevance to 911. Why would such a play be part of any commemoration of that horrible incident? The support group sessions became redundant, irritating and they concluded in a sort of made for TV ending that stretched credulity. After so much insults and name calling, etc., there is no way the couples would leave as happy friends with their issues apparently resolved.
When a work is billed as a commemoration to such a defining moment, you’d thing that the play would be much more about September 11 than this loud-mouthed relationship drama? In this work, we quickly grow to dislike all six characters, especially the four married folks. Even with a free ticket, I’d not recommend this work. Your time would be better spent watching a Netflix documentary about the terrorist attacks.
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