Monday, April 4, 2016

"Future Thinking" Separates Fantasy from Reality

Or does it?

On First Night of Future Thinking, after an enthusiastic standing ovation, Peter and Chiara headed to the dressing room to step out of Comic Con costumes and into Cast Party clothes—as actors Arye Gross and Virginia Vale. Along with fellow cast members Heidi Dippold, Enver Gjokaj and Jud Williford, they joined the party, hosted by Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel.

There, touches of fantasy abounded—in the gold linens sparkling in candlelight, inspired by Chiara’s “Odyssey” costume, in the “Red Priestess” signature cocktail and even in the “dragon wings” (fantasy-inspired chicken wings) which were among the scrumptious delicacies offered in elaborate displays by the restaurant in its third consecutive season as Cast Party sponsors.

As for the accolades, they were very real.  Among them, these offered by members of Playwrights Circle, Honorary Producers of Future Thinking

Tod and Linda White: "We loved Future Thinking!  It confronts the "happiness versus success" dilemma with an effective balance of humor and pathos. An important question is addressed with great writing and great acting.  Everyone involved with Future Thinking should be very proud."

Talya Nevo-Hacohen: “So moving to watch the characters move fluidly between reality and fantasy, from desperation to hope.” Bill Schenker: "A wonderful play using comedy to actually tell a much deeper story: people just want to be accepted for who they are.

Alan Slutzky: "The hotel room scenes with Arye Gross and Virginia Vale were brilliantly funny, sad and poignant. The ending left much to the imagination about what happened next, but I enjoy Eliza’s writing so much I would prefer she write a sequel."

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