Dominion Stage Presents DC Premiere of Say You Love SatanBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 12th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Dominion Stage’s production of Say You Love Satan [MP3 4:26 1.3MB].
Mike: This play focuses on the relationship of Andrew and Jack. One night in Baltimore Andrew, a sullen graduate student, meets the man of his dreams in the form of Jack. A shirtless stranger with an ominous “666” tattooed on his forehead. When Andrew learns the Jack is Satan’s only living son. Will the man of his dreams become his own worst nightmare?
Laura: I feel this show was edgy just to be edgy. It contained references to drug usage, a lot of four letter words, and the central theme of homosexuality.
Mike: The relationships between the main characters didn’t need to be homosexual. The main character of Andrew could have easily been a female named Andi. I think that would have allowed the playwright and the characters in the show to explore more of the relationships and the dynamics of the relationships between friends and ex-lovers as someone starts exploring a new relationship with a “bad boy.” I don’t think the show really explored how the relationships changed.
Laura: The main character Andrew, the graduate student played by J. R. Owens. I felt like he held back. Maybe because there were only a few people in the audience. I feel like he didn’t have a lot of energy and he didn’t stand up for himself. For example, he didn’t put a lot of effort into trying to end the relationship once he realized who Jack was.
Mike: And Jack, the son of Satan was played by Richard Isaacs. While he was well cast for that role, I don’t think he was quite devil enough for the part. For example, I think of the Devil as being very diabolical and very manipulative. I feel like he came across as almost very monotonous, one tone fit all. He did show a bit of anger in that scene when he was confronting Andrew’s friends. In general, all of the different roles in the show tonight were very subdued. Part of that could be that it was a very small audience since it was a dress rehearsal.
But the characters just didn’t feel very real. They didn’t interact very well, it felt very forced. Some of the scenes did call for a wide range of emotions. Such as I mentioned earlier, the night club scene where there was a confrontation. and then in the closing scene there was another big confrontation between several of the characters. That was also very subdued. You could have played that a couple different ways. I’m not going to give the plot away, but you could have played that closing scene as kind of teasing, or you could have done it as kind of relief and a lot of anger. There just wasn’t a lot of emotion in this play.
One thing I would have liked to have seen was a little bit more exploration of how in a relationship you change. Anytime you meet a new friend or you start dating someone, or even when you get married after you’ve known someone for a long time. Relationships change, including your friends and family. It’s going to be a little different. I wish they’d explore that a little bit more. It was just kind of thrown out there. For example, Bernadette and Chad and Jarrod all at some point said, “Why don’t you return my calls anymore?” And that’s just where they left it, they didn’t explore it any.
Laura: The set for Say You Love Satan was simple. It had a nice skyline of the city of Baltimore in the background. An area that represented the night club. The apartment that was sometimes Andrew’s apartment and sometimes Jack’s apartment. And then an area that was the laundromat where Andrew and Jack first met.
Mike: Say You Love Satan is playing at the Gunston Arts Center. Performed by Dominion Stage. January 12th thru the 28th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday the 28th at 2:30 PM.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.