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TO THE NEW GIRL

“To The New Girl”
by Samantha Macher
August 13 – September 18

To The New Girl from the former Mrs._____: Sound Advice for my Husband’s Wife or Mistress features ten different women, from all walks of life, giving advice to the “other woman (or man, in one case)” on the proper “care” of their former mates.

To the New Girl...

T.U. STUDIOS
10943 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602

 

LA Weekly REVIEW: To The New Girl…

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​The trophy wife (Niki Nowak) of a prominent televangelist considers divorcing and/or exposing her husband for his affair with a gay man.

A spoiled matron (Ashley Fuller, alternating with Jennie Floyd) berates the pretty young housekeeper who has complained of her spouse’s sexual harassment.

A woman who has suffered multiple miscarriages (Monica Lawson) excoriates her mate’s new lover and casts a curse on the child they are expecting.

An elderly woman (Rosina Pinchot), happily married for 57 years, shares the story of her marriage with her Alzheimer-stricken husband’s new companion, a woman he fell in love with in a nursing home.

Directed by Jeanette Farr, playwright Samantha Macher’s script relays the stories of ten betrayed or forsaken women, each of whom speaks to the paramour who has ensnared her beloved’s affections.

To the credit of the playwright and the company, Macher wrote this play at the request of this company’s members to counterbalance the overwhelmingly male-oriented perspective of their past productions. Not all the narratives are equally developed – some trail off without sufficient resolution — and some performances are of a notably higher standard than others. Still, Macher’s writing reflects the humor and detail of an insightful storyteller.

Pinchot captures the spotlight with a heartrending portrayal of a lost and cherished love. Also notable are Tifanie McQueen as an abused wife livid enough to murder her rival, and Shelby Janes as a pregnant gal bidding a welcome good riddance to her crackhead boyfriend.

Skypilot Theatre Company at T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., N. Hlywd.; Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Sept. 18. (800) 838-3006. skypilottheatre.com (Deborah Klugman)

 

LA Times REVIEW: To The New Girl

Theater review: ‘To the New Girl …’ at T.U. Studios

August 18, 2011 |  2:50 pm

To the New Girl from the Former Mrs. _____; Sound Advice for My Husband's New Wife or Mistress.”

“To the New Girl,” presented by SkyPilot Theatre Company at T.U. Studios, is a bracing blitz of pure estrogen that might make you rush out and organize a charity bake sale.

The full title of Samantha Macher’s new play is “To the New Girl From the Former Mrs. _____; Sound Advice for My Husband’s New Wife or Mistress.”  Directed by Jeanette Farr, this entertaining evening consists of 10 monologues from various women scorned who directly address their exes’ new wives and lovers.

Monologue plays are standard theatrical fare in which the playwright can trowel on an overriding theme without worrying overmuch about dramatic cohesion.  Although she breaks little new ground in this familiar format, Macher handles the exercise with considerable panache.

Things start off on a kinky note as a young woman (Mackenzie English) addresses the “other woman,” who is now accommodating her ex-boyfriend’s singular fetish. The evening comes full circle with the final monologue, a wrenching piece in which an elderly woman (Rosina Pinchot, in a moving turn) turns over the care of her Alzheimer’s sufferer husband to his new “girlfriend” at the nursing facility.

From the profane to the poignant, the opening and closing scenes effectively frame the other monologues, which show Macher’s impressive range.  The performances are all solid, but standouts include Niki Nowak as a sardonic Southern belle married to a gay television evangelist and Shelby Janes as an abused pregnant woman who has grown a steel backbone.

The staging is emotionally astute, but Farr should have trusted her material more. The monologues are too frequently interrupted when extraneous performers troop onstage to perform business that seems mostly unnecessary, an unfortunate glitch that distracts from the otherwise engaging performances.

– F. Kathleen Foley

“To the New Girl…” T.U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood.  8 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays.  Ends Sept. 18.  $20.  (800) 838-3006.  www.skypilottheatre.com.  Running time:  1 hour, 20 minutes.