By Andrew Andrews
What is it that you really, really want in life? And what are you willing to do for it? Answer those two questions, and you’ll have a sense of direction. Think about them, and you’ll develop a strategy. Who are you willing to screw—figuratively or even literally—to get what you want? Answer that question as a playwright and you’ll have a plot. Give that plot a title, and it will be Really Really.
Wrong House Productions brings Paul Downs Colaizzo’s tale of six determined college students to the IATA Theater for their inaugural production. A provocative and engaging story, Really seems, on the surface, a diatribe about the helpless selfishness of Millennials. But scratch that surface, and every single character in this story exposes a determined understanding of what exactly each wants (or in some cases, doesn’t want), and a carefully-plotted course of how to get (or avoid) it. Open with Grace (Jessika McQueen), the self-righteous Future Leader of America who’s as quick to help others as she is to judge them for it, and her roommate Leigh (Alyssa Abraham), for whom a college degree isn’t her only hope to escape the wrong side of the tracks. Follow them with Johnson (Brady Richards), the introvert who’d rather visit his friends’ apartment to borrow their video games than attend a party, and Cooper (Joe Reece), the rugby fanatic whose only sense of purpose comes from being part of a team. When accusations fly after Cooper throws a kegger at which the already-spoken-for Leigh hooks up with his nice-guy roommate, Davis (Andrew Rousso), Leigh’s boyfriend Jimmy (Brendan Byrne) doesn’t know whether to sink or swim with the news. But when Leigh’s redneck sister Haley (Shannon McInally) shows up to stir the pool, we learn that there’s more to this story than drunk young people letting their hormones rule their behavior.
Beyond the drama, Wrong House’s production of Really Really challenges many prevailing ideas about today’s young adults as much as it exploits them, leaving us wondering how Colaizzo really, really feels about the Me Me Me Generation. So check it out, then come back here and let us know what you think. Whether you like what you see or it isn’t what you really, really want in a performance, your reviews help others decide whether they should attend, and your ratings help us help you find future events you’ll love!4
Andrew Andrews attended Really Really at IATI Theater in Manhattan on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 8:00pm to write this review.
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