It plays at various times, Thursdays through Saturdays, through September 2. It was first presented in Walls’ home country of Ireland.
On the surface, the story is about the explosive relationship of two brothers, Simon (Tony Broom), in his well-ordered upper-crust life, and Jack (Dezy Walls), the black sheep of the family, with nary a pence to his name.
It is the day before Simon’s wedding when Jack appears on his doorstep, needing a place to stay and a friend (and a few pounds wouldn’t hurt, either). Through their spirited spats and suggestive songs, we discover secrets and lies, longings and dreams. In short it is not, as the title aptly suggests, the life they wanted.
The songs are simply done, with only a recorded piano for an accompaniment most of the time (it’s very well done, but not credited, probably Walls). The songs, in short, are the heart of the show and very well suited to the subject matter. Be warned, though, if you have a problem with rough language, this is not the show for you.
|Dezy Walls (at the bike piano) and Stephanie|
Andreus who plays as an alternate to Moore
at select performances. Photos provided.
And, unlike some musicals, these songs are actually integrated as part of the storytelling. Absolutely super! You will want to get the CD.
It is not surprising, then, that Dezy Walls is the most watchable of the characters; he seems to fit this persona to a tee. The story is, very probably, personal for him.
Broom is good, too. His silent moment of waiting for his Mum to inspect his bed, will bring a tear to your eye.
And Moore sings and acts fine, but her character seems superfluous to the story.
The setting is sparse, akin to a “black box” presentation, in which the story, the actors’ abilities, and the audience’s imagination are all that are needed to create the play. This is very appropriate for this sort of story. The lighting is a bit erratic, though. But the music, as mentioned is very good.
A suggestion regarding the story: I don’t think it needs a play-like setting nor the third character (as mentioned). It seems to me that it would lend itself better to a two-person, Cabaret-style presentation and, thus, would tighten up the story. The songs/lyrics tell the story quite well and, I think, don’t need an actual physical location.
To find out more about this play and Serendipity's season see www.serendipityplayers.org. For tickets call 360-834-3588. To find out more about Dezy Walls go to www.dezywalls.com. A conversation with the playwright is scheduled at their theatre at 8:30 p.m., September 2 and is free to the public. I would encourage you to support this up-and-coming theatre troupe.
Review by Dennis Sparks, a freelance reviewer for this site, also with Uncouvered.com.