The Red Room
85 East 4th Street
April 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2007
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, Rebecca Comtois,
Patrick Shearer, Stephanie Cox-Williams
Photos by Aaron Epstein
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
Photos by Aaron Epstein