11:30 a.m., July 14)
for Each Other' is right on the mark
By Fred Sherwin
East End Theatre production of 'Wrong For Each Other', starring Rita Celli and
Tim Robinson is on at the Orléans Theatre until July 16. Fred Sherwin/Photo
do two wrongs make a right? When the two wrongs are two former lovers who still
hold a flame for each other despite a life-altering event and the passing of time.
the East End Theatre production of Wrong For Each Other, on stage at the
Orléans Theatre until Tuesday, Dec. 309 , Nora Case and Rudy Sorenson are
two wandering souls first thrown together by chance, eventually separated by tragedy
and then reunited by fate.
play opens with Nora, played by Rita Celli, sitting alone at a table in a restaurant.
Sorenson, who is played by Tim Robinson, asks to borrow an empty chair at the
table when they recognize each other after being divorced for three years. The
play then switches back and forth between the present and a series of flashbacks
offered up as vignettes.
see the future Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson when they first meet in a flower shop and
squirm in our seats as they navigate through that first awkward moment all of
us go through when we're "interested" in a member of the opposite sex
and are terrified that our next word might ruin any chance we might have had to
develop the situation further.
the flower shop, the play rapidly progress through the first date at a baseball
game. He loves baseball, while she goes because she wants to be with him. On the
second date they go to an amusement park where she takes him on a roller coaster.
He hates roller coasters but goes on one anyway because he wants to impress her.
third, and in my opinion the funniest flashback, occurs in Rudy's apartment when
the two first sleep together after five dates. The next morning they compare notes
as the one liners fly fast and furious.
fourth flashback finds the couple cleaning up after Nora's father meets Rudy for
the first time. Nora thinks the evening was a success until Rudy tells her that
her father threw a dumpling at him after he let it slip that they were sleeping
the ensuing conversation, Rudy first suggests that they move in together and then
asks her to marry him. When she tells him to stop, he finally utters the L-word
which is met with almost as much enthusiasm as the marriage proposal.
two part company with Rudy suggesting they take a break for awhile, hoping all
the while that she will object. She doesn't and he leaves. We find out later that
after the door closed behind him Rudy and Nora both reached for the door knob
at the same time, but neither one of them opened the door.
the second half of the play, we see the couple during a break from their wedding.
Nora is sitting by herself and admits to being scared. "My father always
told me to expect the worst. That way there are no surprises," she tells
the next scene, we hear Nora's voice as she goes through a very traumatic moment
with Rudy. Nora is sitting alone at the restaurant table when Rudy returns. As
a result of the past experience, Nora went through a deep depression. Rudy, who
was left to deal with the situation on his own, ends up having an affair after
feeling abandoned. When Nora finds out about it she leaves him.
in real time, Rudy admits to having a girlfriend after first hesitating and Nora
admits that she's back with the man she was living with before they met.
desperately wants to get back with Nora, saying that she's the one and pronouncing
his love had never faded. He asks for permission to call her at work. She rebuffs
his advances and refuses to grant him permission before bolting for the door.
As the play ends, Rudy is standing alone at the front of the stage when Nora re-enters.
"I usually start work at 8:30," she tells him.
For Each Other is a brilliantly funny play made even more brilliantly funny
by Robinson and Celli who play the awkward and quirky couple to a tee. Kudos as
well to director David Ferguson who once again worked his magic in nurturing two
relatively inexperienced actors and bringing the play to life.
For Each Other is loaded with dialogue and Celli and Robinson rarely missed
a beat. Celli's performance was especially noteworthy in light of the fact that
it was the CBC television anchor's theatrical debut.
I left the theatre I couldn't help but wonder how much better they might be after
two or three nights under their belts. This is my only misgiving about the play.
Celli and Robinson should be hitting their stride just as the four night production
comes to a close. In a perfect world, they would be able to follow up their performance
at the Orléans Theater with an engagement in the Studio in the NAC. It's
since the Orléans Theatre will be the only place you can see Wrong For
Each Other, I would suggest that you find time during any one of the next
three evenings and witness one of the best productions this reporter has seen
in quite sometime.
for Each Other continues tonight and for the next three nights at the Orléans
Theatre, 255 Centrum Blvd. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased
at the door for $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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