A J-Squared Production, Indianapolis
3 1/2 stars
Marian Underground: 317 New Jersey. As with their DivaFest
play Moment of Impact, Julie Mauro and Jessica Strauss' new production gives us diverse perspectives of a shared catastrophe. Here, Strauss directs Mauro to
perform all parts in Mauro's Robert Altman-like script. In her five interwoven
but unconnected stories, five women barely register impending doom, because
they are frazzled by, respectively, a teen son, a comatose husband, a failing
career and a new boyfriend. Each scenario has its moments of despair, hope and
humor. The mother is painted too broadly, but I found the budding romance
between the musician and engineer true to life — sweet, painful and
Friday, Aug. 27, 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
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