“Any Given Day” ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ! BANG!
April 12, 2012
After last night’s American Premiere of Linda McLean’s “Any Given Day,” which had absolutely blown us away — in fact, the audience never moved after the lights came back on, something we have never seen before at Magic Theatre — the playwrights, actors, creative team and critics all gathered in the theater bar. All of a sudden, the buzz was about “the secret question” — we’ll just say there is one relationship within the two-story play that is undefined. When we asked Linda McLean about it she just said: “It’s up to you. Take it however you want to.”
The first half of the eighty-minute one act show features the astonishing Amy Kossow as Sadie and the equally brilliant Christopher McHale as Bill. Speaking in Scots dialect, these two characters are mentally challenged but amazingly communicative. Sadie’s laugh makes us smile. Her sadness hits us in the gut. Bill’s bantering with her shows a love that defies his words. But look out for the ending.
In the second half (separated by a total scene change camouflaged by Michael Locher’s inspired wall of water), Stacy Ross is spellbinding as Jackie, a mom teetering on the edge of self-control, who is working in a bar owned by Dave (James Carpenter). We watch through fifteen minutes, as this relationship begins to explain itself, and then all of a sudden we realize Jackie is — well, she’s Jackie! Jackie! Remember in the first part? Jackie? Holy mackerel!
When the stories fit together it is playwriting at its best. It is a plus that we never know exactly what happens. “Any Given Day” will have you on the edge of your seat. You won’t want to get up when the lights come on.
Click here to read the review on the SF Theater Blog!
Any Given Day has been extended to April 29th! Hurry up and get your tickets while they last!