The Red Room
85 East 4th Street
April 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2007
Thursday through Saturday, 8pm
The Announcer — Anthony Bertram*
Pete Boisvert, Rebecca Comtois, Mick Hilgers*,
Cat Johnson*, Marc Landers, Stephanie Cox-Williams
Suburban Peepshow Cast
Bill — Zack Calhoon*
Mother — Leslie E. Hughes*
New Girl — Anna Kull
Jeremy — Marc Landers
Playwright — Anthony Bertram*
Carnival Barker, Jack — Christopher Yustin
Office Guy #1, Pool Guy — Ben VandenBoom
Office Guy #2, Therapist — Patrick Shearer
Chubby Guy — James Comtois
Director (Peepshow) — Pete Boisvert
Playwright (Peepshow) — James Comtois
Director (Trailers) — Patrick Shearer
Playwright (Trailers) — Mac Rogers
Stage Manager (Peepshow) — Stephanie Williams
Stage Manager (Trailers) — Ben VandenBoom
Fight Choreographer — Qui Nguyen
Set Designer — Lauren DiGiulio
Lighting Designer — Gabe Evansohn
Sound Designer — Patrick Shearer
Makeup Designer — Cat Johnson
Costume Designer — Hollie Nadel
Pete Boisvert, James Comtois,
Patrick Shearer, Stephanie Cox-Williams
While sitting through yet another living-room drama about the endlessly fascinating troubles of suburbanites, you find yourself longing for pirates to crash through the kitchen window or zombies to shamble through the front door and chew the protagonist's face off.
—David Cote, Time Out New York
This quote from Mr. Cote — along with some weird autobiographical fodder, Steven Soderbergh’s film Schizopolis and Blake Edwards’ A Shot in the Dark — rattled around in my brain for quite some time before writing the play you are about to see tonight.
This is usually the space where I make some last-minute pontificating about the script and the process of staging said script before Nosedive Productions unveils it to the public, but this show really needs no introduction. Still, we’re so used to reserving a page in the program for me to natter on at you I figured I’d still use this space to say “hey” and to offer a quickie intro.
Nosedive Productions’ previous play was The Adventures of Nervous-Boy (A Penny Dreadful), a pitch-black comedy that delved into horror. For those of you who saw that play and are now expecting to see Nervous-Boy 2: Anxious in Vegas, I’m afraid that you will be sorely disappointed. This is a full-on flat-out silly comedy.
Sure, it could be argued that this play examines how the more people fight against stereotypical roles the more they get locked into them. One could also contend that Suburban Peepshow is about infidelity and the inner lives of bored suburbanites. You could also make a case that the show seeks the “kernels of truth” in the clichés surrounding the nuclear family and theatre itself. And yes, someone could even maintain that the play explores the alienation caused by the cookie-cutter lifestyle of the suburban family and the rat race of the corporate work environment.
But these are really all beside the point.
The main goal of me writing this was to make myself laugh.
The main goal of Nosedive Productions staging this is to make you laugh.
I hope you have as much fun watching this play as I had writing it and that you enjoy Mac Rogers’s curtain-raiser comedy, “Trailers,” as much as I did when Mac handed it in.
Cadence. Heh. That’s a good movie.
Liking that a lot,
James “Lovable Idiot” Comtois
Suburban Peepshow & Trailers (2007)
A comedy about modern suburban life…although, not really. After Jack, a cross-dressing social deviant, gets laid off from the office, Bill, a good upstanding citizen and father and family man, tries to get Jack’s job in order to buy an in-ground swimming pool for his son and new dishtowels for the missus. Meanwhile a New Girl at said office has designs for Bill, and vice versa. As Bill and New Girl have their affair, will Bill’s wife have relations with the Pool Guy, or her ineffectual therapist? It all depends on what the Playwright wants.
"Not only is Suburban Peepshow a head-spinning cornucopia of pop culture references, but it's also a potent satire of modern suburban malaise, and even the theatre itself. ... If you're in the mood for something different, Suburban Peepshow is the way to go. By thumbing their noses at the status quo with fast, cheap, and sharp humor, Comtois and his colleagues at Nosedive Productions continue to demonstrate why they're a company to keep an eye on." —nytheatre.com
"How to describe 'Suburban Peepshow,' the latest play from Nosedive Productions? Theatrical is the word that instantly springs to mind. No fourth wall or naturalism from these actors, the audience is very much a part of the show, and they acknowledge that everything is an illusion. Outrageous is another good word. Ridiculous fits, as well. ... Those people who prefer their plays realistic and their plots comfortably traveling from Point A to Point B may not appreciate the shear gleeful absurdity of 'Suburban Peepshow.' However, if you like your theatre with an edge, this is a good show to experience." — oobr.com
"The characters in Suburban Peepshow, James Comtois' sketch comedy run amok, talk as if they live on the Honest Planet. Since comedy is largely about telling the truth, that makes Suburban Peepshow pretty funny. ... A distinctive comic identity is taking shape here." — Backstage
Photos by Aaron Epstein