Monsoon Season

Richard Thieriot and Therese Plaehn star in All For One Theater’s production of Lizzie Vieh’s Monsoon Season at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Original photo by Maria Baranova.
When you live in the desert, can the grass be greener on the other side of the fence?

By Andrew Andrews

Julia (Therese Plaehn) is suffering a mid-life crisis, so she’s kicked her husband Danny (Richard Thieriot) out of the house in hopes of reinventing herself.

Danny’s moved into a motel-style apartment across the parking lot from Peaches strip club, where he’s spiraling downward trying to make sense of life without the wife he loves and the young daughter he can barely lay eyes on.

All For One Theater specializes in solo performances, so at first glance, Monsoon Season seems to break the mold, since it stars two actors instead of only one. But the first half of this tale is told entirely from Danny’s perspective, before a silent exchange between the partners transforms the set from Danny’s yet-unpacked apartment to Julia’s unkempt living room. At that point the tables are turned, and we watch the story unfold from the antagonist’s perspective, until the final scenes when the characters appear together.

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Andrew Andrews attended Monsoon Season at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York on Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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