editor/publisher of Total Theater.com, a magazine for which I cover the
theatrical scene in southern California, is a distinguished playwright
in his own right, as evidenced by the publication of six of his plays,
MARRIAGE, BABIES AND THE END OF THE WORLD.
The collection is anchored by his witty and bawdy farce, The Triple
Wedding. Written in rhyming verse in a Moliere-like style, the five-act
play is set in Paris, where Sganarrhea, a wealthy landowner, battles in
Punch & Judy fashion with his brash and cunning servant, Farte. Sganarrhea
also has two daughters, Brie and Bleu. The former loves Roquefort, a penniless
student, but is being pressured by papa to marry Moronte, whom Farte calls
a pompous, over-dressed, underhanded fop.
Moronte has money, though, and thats good enough for Sganarrhea,
who exerts patriarchal pressure to bend Brie to his will. The desperate
girl turns to Farte for help; they scheme to draw Moronte out and
show father what hes really about.
which involves disguises, moldy prunes, a befuddled priest and a total
stranger (who turns out to be Godot), is carried out in swift, outrageous
fashion. There is much ribaldry, punning and comic confusion, all the
classic farcical ingredients. It makes for a rib-tickling read, a tasty
morsel of theatrical madness.
The other plays include Bad News, a scathing portrait of a
heartless TV news reporter; Blind Date, in which the war between
the sexes is fought out in an upscale restaurant; King Solomon the
Wise, a satirical and scatological take-off on the Solomonic legend
in which God makes a cameo appearance; and Blame Me, a mordant
and provocative comment on the AIDS tragedy.
At all times, Lefkowitzs writing is sharp, pungent and arresting,
the work of a distinctive and skillful writer.
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