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Starring: Jayson McDonald, Tiffany Koch, Niall Cooke, Lil Malinich
Directed By: Niall Cooke, Jayson McDonald and Steve Seguin
By Dale Wyatt
Is it X-citing? Glad you asked.
Ever wanted to be a rock star or actor? Ever had a Communist friend who never really made much sense? Ever worry or contemplate about starting a family? Or how about this: Ever known a person who adequately epitomizes the definition of laziness and absolutely refuses to get a job?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, or if you just want a good laugh, Pedestrian X, currently showing at Galleria London's Black Lodge Theatre, will properly relate and/or familiarize you to all of the scenarios above.
The production explores the lives of eight Generation Xers, who are all closely connected and aging fast. Each person finds themselves suddenly reflecting on their lives when they discover that one of their own, Jayson the rock star, is leaving to pursue stardom in Los Angeles.
Most affected by this transition is Jayson's close friend Niall, who also happens to be a Communist. He finds his plans abruptly put on hold after discovering that his longtime girlfriend (and aspiring actor) Lil sees Jayson's departure as her ticket into the big time L.A. market.
This network of friends each contemplate love and life, while they compare reality with their past predictions of where they imagined their lives heading. Through these activities, each individual manages to come to terms with his/her own personal identity.
Pedestrian X consists entirely of short, choppy, Seinfeld-esque scenes that each work toward advancing the overall plot.
Both the cast and production crew deserve praise. It's refreshing to witness a play in which the collective cast work in unison; thus, no single performer outshines the others. While there are some characters with more emotional roles, there is no weak link in the cast.
The Black Lodge is a small, quiet, hidden escape fom the norm. Due to its miniscule size, the audience actually benefits from interacting with the characters. The backdrop is a simple but effective black set, solely dressed with a few chairs, books and tables. Depending on the arrangement of the items, one becomes very familiar with the setting.
The music works well with the scenes, effectively guiding the audience and further portraying the characters' feelings. Unfortunately, the use of sound effects is not explored to its fullest, leaving some moments a bit murky.
By the final curtain however, the play wraps up nicely. It's humorous, witty and thoughtfully delicious. Everyone is familiar with the term Generation X and Pedestrian X successfully examines both the fables and the truth behind these stereotypes.
Pedestrian X is running at The Black Lodge Theatre on Mar. 29-31 at 8 p.m.. For tickets call 673-0431.