|Mom & Pop Culture See Talley’s Folly|
|Tuesday, 01 May 2012 00:00|
BY BRUCE APAR
Mom Culture: Pop, what do you want to do this weekend.
MC: You mean a steakhouse?
PC: No, I mean entertainment with some meat on it, and some starch in it.
MC: Well, Cousin Sophie was speaking very highly of this play at Hudson Stage. We always like their shows.
PC: What is it?
MC: It’s called Talley’s Folly.
PC: Odd name. Is it like the Ziegfeld Follies, or that Sondheim musical Follies?
MC: [Laughing] No, Pop. It’s a contemporary classic by that famous playwright who recently passed. His name is Lanford Wilson.
PC: Oh, yes, of course. Hot L Baltimore!
MC: Close, Pop, but that great play he wrote is Hotel Baltimore.
PC: Anyhow, what’s this Talley’s Folly?
MC: Sophie said it’s very well done. Only two characters, Sally and Matt. No intermission. The action on stage happens within 97 minutes, the length of the play.
PC: They talk to each other the whole time, no one else?
MC: That’s part of what makes is ingenious. Mr. Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama when it was on Broadway in 1980.
PC: 1980! It’s more than 30 years old?!
MC: A lot more than that. It takes place at the end of World War II in rural Missouri. Matt Friedman’s a Jewish St. Louis businessman in his 40s and his paramour Sally Talley is a decade his junior and a bit of a black sheep in her WASP family.
PC: And what, pray tell, do they talk about for an hour and a half, Mom, the weather?
PC: Definitely sounds interesting.
MC: And it’s funny in the way real life is filled with unexpected arrivals of humor. You know, not that laugh-track, synthetic sitcom nonsense. Human humor. Oh, yes, and Sophie said adding to the charm is the boathouse set. You feel like you really are eavesdropping on two lovers’ most intimate thoughts and emotions and miseries and dreams.
PC: How’s the acting?
MC: Sophie said it’s wonderful. Two very engaging performers. Danton Stone is Matt. He’s very natural and likable. Margot White as Sally is very moving and accomplished, Sophie said. She was in the show a few years ago at that very prestigious Princeton theater, the McCarter, and got raves.
PC: Well, sounds like she’s getting them again.
MC: And I hear tell the ending is not all that sad.
PC: Mom, you had me at Lanford Wilson. Let’s go.