Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Jump Rope"

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"Jump Rope"

Reviewed by Beverly Creasey

john Kuntz' 'Love Story' called "Jump Rope" is the perfect escape from a hot humid night. It's a murder mystery. It's a spoof. It's a gas!

"Jump Rope" is a naughty (and thoroughly hilarious!) love story (related only by a murder to Hitchcock's "Rope"). It pleases by dint of inventivenes alone: a quirky mesh of conventional devices contrasted with unexpected filips --- like a running stand-up routine about the perils of dating weirdos (like the alcoholic, tree-worshipping accountant); like the condensation of two separate scenes into one, by lending the same actor to both simultaneously. Kuntz even pulls off a fabulously twisted ending and ... best of all ... Kuntz sets this lethal little romp in ... Allston!

If the city fathers had any brains they'd start quoting Kuntz to promote the neighborhood. Packard's Corner is the ideal location for a "Welcome to Allston....Where Dreams Come True!" sign,

Matt August's cast is sheer delight, from Bill Mootos' creepy Too-Good-To-Be-True leading man to Benjamin Evett's wounded, withdrawn teddybear to Brooks Ashmanskas' adorable, cuddly, wanna-take-him-home interloper. Who wouldn't want to skip rope with these guys!

Do bring your funnybone, but don't delve into a serious analytical examination of the clues. Just have fun. Oh, and do read a few Emily Dickinson poems before you go, so you can test Kuntz' theory of musical adaptation. It's inspired. It's genius! Who knows --- maybe John Kuntz can do for Allston what Dickinson did for Amherst ... or what Mamet did for Chicago


"Jump Rope" (2 - 18 August)
NEXT STAGES/JUSTIN WALDMAN/CAROLYN SPECTOR PRODUCTIONS
The Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, BOSTON
1(617)491-2026

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