By Andrew Andrews
What makes this show so engrossing is the plot, full of tension and drama on every page despite being an old story that’s played out a thousand times in New York City for decades—maybe even for centuries, with a few adjustments for period. Claire moves in with Mary Ellen (Stacey Weckstein), the epitome of boredom, who practically hands her over to her long-time frenemy Deborah (Whitney Harris) who is “full of opinions.” Deborah and Mary Ellen eventually direct Claire into a relationship with Blake (Derek Stratton), who burns love instead of squandering it. Years later, David (Michael Tyler) comes into the picture to explain that “in the whole wide universe, there’s nothing more sacred than daily life”— one of many one-line insights peppered throughout the dialogue.
To be honest, we had a couple of issues with the production that made us think twice about giving it five stars: firstly, there are at times difficulties hearing the dialogue (especially Claire) that could probably be overcome with microphones; and secondly, a set of video projections near the end of the second act conflict with the live action instead of supplementing it. Neither of those detractions were ultimately enough to drop our rating, although without them, we’d have given this show an extra star if the scale could be pushed that far—yes, that’s how much we enjoyed it! So check out Chatter during its run at The Tank, then come back here and let us know what you think of it. Whether you agree that this is experimental theater at its finest or didn’t get into it as much as we did, your reviews help others decide whether they should attend, and your ratings help us help you find future performances you’re sure to love!4
Andrew Andrews attended Chatter at The Tank in Manhattan on Saturday, July 7, 2018 @ 12:34pm to write this review.