Stroyka Theatre The House of YesBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 20th, 2009 • Category: Reviews
Round House Black Box Theatre, Silver Spring, MD
Playing through January 25th
Reviewed January 16, 2009
The House of Yes is a dark, absurdist drama by Wendy Macleod. It is the story of the Pascal family. When the oldest son Marty, brings home his fiance, Lesley, to meet his mother and the rest of the family, Lesley quickly realizes that this is not your typical family.
The House of Yes was an emotional thriller, but left a feeling of dirtiness and even confusion. It was definitely not for anyone under eighteen. There were some funny lines, yet instead of pausing for the laughter, the actors plunged right on and some of the words were lost during the audience’s laughter. The cast and director succeeded in creating an oppressive air throughout the entire show.
The Pascal family was composed of Mrs. Pascal (Roselie Vasquez-Yetter), youngest son Anthony (Matthew Schuck), oldest son Marty (Josh Canary), and twin sister Jackie-O (Julia Stemper). Lesley, played by Jennifer Simmons, was the unfortunate woman brought home by Marty to meet the family. Lesley knew something was off when she walked in and Jackie-O let loose one of her ear piercing screams. There were several sex scenes, which could have been left to the imagination, although had they been imagined, the repulsion you felt towards the characters would have been diminished. All of the characters were almost in a zombie like state. The emotional changes in some of the characters were sudden and intense. The revelations the family made were bizarre and the final outcome was not all that surprising. All of the acting was believable, with each actor committed to their part.
The set was as dark as the show’s theme. The majority of the play was lit in almost blood red and soft twilight blue lights, which kept the mood emotionally charged. The Lighting Designer was Josh Canary. The set itself was equally skewed. Nothing in the house seemed to be on the level. All of the angles were sharp or tilted. There were plenty of design elements in the set that reinforced the plot. Most of the characters when they were “off-stage” actually stood behind the set so their profiles were visible through empty picture frames attached to the set. The floor of the living room also could be interpreted in several different ways, such as a chess board, or a rifle’s cross hair. The Set Designer was Roger MacDonald.
While the situations in The House of Yes are not for everyone, if you enjoy tragicomedy this production will be for you.
The House of Yes ran almost two hours without an intermission. It is playing through January 25th. Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM and a Sunday matinee at 3 pm at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. This show contains firearms, adult language, and adult situations. Parental guidance is strongly recommended.
Once you’ve seen The House of Yes, please share your thoughts about it.
And now, on with the show.
Notes from the director!
Secrets, lies, fears, and love! We have all felt it, encountered it, experienced it, and lived it at one point or another in our lives. The question is: How do we get through it? But most important, what do we learn from it? Do we really protect the ones we truly love from all these things no matter at what cost? How far are we willing to go to protect one’s family? One’s home? One’s past? I believe that Wendy MacLeod poses and brilliantly answers all of these questions in this extraordinarily simple complex play!
LISTEN, WATCH, LEARN, AND FEEL as we take you into the illusory and fixated world of the Pascals! My gratitude and eternal admiration to each member of the cast who have thrown themselves into this web with strength, fear, love, and PASSION, PASSION, PASSION!
To Sam Basa: thank you my friend for coming along on this journey of madness!
So sit back, buckle up, let yourself go as you enter The House of Yes!!!!
- Anthony: Matthew Schuck
- Jackie-O: Julia Stemper
- Mrs. Pascal: Roselie Vasquez-Yetter
- Marty: Josh Canary
- Lesley: Jennifer Simmons
- Director: Roman S. Gusso
- Asst. Director/Stage Manager: Samuel Basa
- Asst. Stage Manager: Corey Bernstein
- Producers: Jennifer Simmons & Josh Canary
- Costume Design: Roman S. Gusso
- Set & Scenic Design: Roger MacDonald
- Master Carpenter: Roger MacDonald
- Lighting Design: Josh Canary
- Sound Design: Roman S. Gusso
- Publicity: Tom Block
- Box Office Manager: Cecilia Vasquez
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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.