note: entire contents copyright 2005 by Carl A. Rossi
Woman Ö Debra Monk
Man Ö Christopher Durang
Laughter is subjective: you either find something funny or you donít, and Christopher Durangís LAUGHING WILD did nothing for me but it might for you. The play consists of two stand-up monologues and a vaudeville. The monologues are delivered by an overly neurotic Woman and an overly analytical Man who give contrasting views of their confrontation in a supermarket aisle --- the Woman wants a can of tuna fish but the Man stands in her way --- the incident in turn dovetails into this and that and this and that and this and that. The vaudeville brings the pair together for blackout sketches and ends with their mutual healing at a Harmonic Convergence. There is a truly zany moment when the Womanís talk show hostess pummels the Manís Infant of Prague but, overall, I found LAUGHING WILD a celebration of being Fucked Up and the more, the merrier --- on the night I attended, the Huntington audience was quite, quite merry.
Mr. Durang plays the Man as a handful of tics and twitches and resembles a smug, all-too-knowing child. He is fortunate to be playing opposite big, beautiful Debra Monk who is so hearty that all her Woman needs is a push to start her on the road to happiness --- Ms. Monk supplies the heart to LAUGHING WILD that Mr. Durang has so gleefully left out.