a play by Gabe McKinley
, opened on Thursday, March 30 at Guild Hall
in East Hampton. This very intense drama with exploding energy in almost every line is performed just mere feet from all the seats. Due to the concept of "Theater in the Round," every audience seat, in essence, is in both bedrooms of the set. You are right there to see the sweat, hear the breathing in between the lines and catch every nuance in the actors' facial expressions. There is no need for microphones - you are that close, you become that locked into the action, making it an unmissable Hamptons theater experience.
Kudos to Director Josh Gladstone
and Producers Sawyer Spielberg
and Raye Levine
, who both star in the play along with Eric Svendsen
and Brynne Kraynak
. Gabe McKinley's writing has a raw power and cadence that is shocking, entertaining and gifted. Without great writing there cannot be a great show, and Extinction
has excellent writing.
The play takes place in the Borgata Hotel at Atlantic
City in 2007. A reunion of college buddies to perhaps have a weekend of sex, drugs, and gambling becomes a drama of raw emotions that covers, loss through death, new love, family issues and the complexities of emotions both career success and failure can bring.
With perhaps 75 percent of all the lines in the play, Eric Svendsen, who plays Max, is brilliant. He charges, cajoles, shouts, and whisper-pleads all of his lines with the energy of an undefeated young stud bull in a Spanish bullring. His presence and energy keeps this up-tempo play charging forward right to the surprise ending.
Sawyer Spielberg, who plays Finn, Max's intellectual former college buddy, on the cusp of his PHD in literature, starts off a touch slower power-wise, playing off Svendsen. However the fire within his mind ignites slowly throughout the play due to the many inner conflicts between his reality and desires. This is when Sawyer's portrayal of Finn evolves into pure genius of conflict. All of the sudden the power of Finn's dialogue shifts as the center force of the play, as he battles morality and earthly desires fueled by drugs and the specter of sex. At the end of the show, Max and Finn are going toe-to-toe creating the best of real live stage drama.
Brynne Kraynak brings a special humanity to her sympathetic portrayal of Missy, the single mother of a sick girl hardened to earning money on the side as a limited, part time call girl. Throughout the second act of the play I found myself rooting for her. With the audience and every seat so very close, it was most likely not easy for her to play her role, yet she does brilliantly.
Lastly, Raye Levine enters the show as Victoria, the leggy, naïve, first timer who Missy calls in to perhaps make some easy money. The brilliance of Raye's performance wasn't how she delivered her few lines, but how she reacted to everyone else's lines. She represents both innocence being spoiled by events beyond her control and the alluring power of beautiful pure youth. On both accounts, Raye Levine gets accolades.
Where Are They Going Theatre Company, in association with the Barefoot Theatre Company, brought Extinction
to Guild Hall. Once again Josh Gladstone shows his brilliance navigating every square inch of the John Drew Theater Stage of Guild Hall as Director. Besides being a co-producer, Raye Levine also did the Scenic Design, and with the help of Joe Brondo, also created a Neon Projection Design that brought a unique feel to the set. Dionisio Cortes is the Design Associate. Besides playing Missy, Brynne Kraynak also handled the Costume Design. Sawyer Spielberg also tripled up on producing and starring to also handle Prop Design. The lighting is under the supervision of Sebastian Paczynski
and Eric Svendsen is overseeing the Sound Design. Dan Renkin
is the Fight Director.
has a value way beyond its modest ticket price. Besides thrilling you with an amazing theater experience, it will introduce you to some actors who have stardom in their immediate future. The drama, the writing, the youthful yet professional energy of the acting will make you glad you attended.
will run Thursday, March 30 through Sunday, April 16. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $23 for members, and $15 for students under 18-years-old.
The John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall is located at 158 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information, call 631-324-0806 or visit www.guildhall.org.
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!
Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices
from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968
Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff.
Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.
Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.
Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.