Look Who's Coming to Dinner

Chez Pierre serves a feast of comic clowning; Leitmotif's cast makes the most of dramatic table scraps

Whatever failings Coyle may have as a playwright, he is a canny director of his own material, casting Leitmotif with a marvelous group of actors. A single scene in the play, detailing a confrontation between an older man (Stephen D'Ambrose) and his daughter's stalker (Curtis) is a classic example of fine actors creating compelling drama out of middling material. D'Ambrose imbues his character with an easygoing authority, such that he effortlessly asserts himself over the massive Curtis. When D'Ambrose declares that he would do anything to protect his daughter, we take him at his word.

Unfortunately, we spend the remainder of the play waiting to witness D'Ambrose live up to his word, or at the very least for the cast to pull out ukuleles and begin to hurl them like throwing knives. Instead, the play slips slowly to the ground like a drunk, and--as always--the results are more depressing than entertaining.

 

A play full of hang-ups: John Riedlinger and Jodi Kellogg in Leitmotif
A play full of hang-ups: John Riedlinger and Jodi Kellogg in Leitmotif

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