"Wrecks" (Profiles Theatre): Brilliantly Blindsiding

"Wrecks" (Profiles Theatre):  Brilliantly Blindsiding

Profiles Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of WRECKS.

John Judd (Edward) stars in this one man show.  Judd is a widower at the funeral home.  His wife has died and he has escaped the mourners to smoke in a side room.  He addresses the audience like bystanders to the tragedy of his life.  And he opens up to us while he shuns the family and friends in the other room.  Under Jason Gerace’s tight direction, Judd displays the gamut of emotions.  He is agitated, nervous, grieving, lonely, boastful and horny. Judd skillfully rambles through the story of his life with seemingly organic spontaneity.  I’m so captivated by Judd’s charming storytelling that I forget I’m at a LaBute play.

Having seen 7 plays in Playwright Neil LaBute’s repertoire, I know to expect the unexpected.  LaBute has a way of creating an ordinary scenario and then plopping in the perverse.  His set-up is normal until he takes a sharp turn into abnormal.  That’s why WRECKS caught me completely off guard. I’m so enamored by Judd’s adoration for his wife, I forgot who was driving this vehicle.   I’m enjoying a pleasant car ride and then LaBute intentionally and instantaneously smashes into a tree.  Once again, I have been brilliantly blindsided by LaBute!  After pulling myself out of the wreckage, my mind is still spinning from the crash.

The ending of WRECKS will make you want to see it again from the beginning.

 

Running Time:  One hour and ten minutes with no intermission

At Profiles Theatre, The Alley Stage, 4147 N. Broadway

Written by Neil LaBute

Directed by Jason Gerace

Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm

Saturdays at 5pm and 8pm

Sundays at 7pm

Thru November 17th

Buy Tickets at www.profilestheatre.org

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