Greg Lam's Next October also hinges on real events, but he uses more of a home-town flavor to season his play. Wesley Savick directed this sports-fanatics-gone-religious satire in which Sox fans who were once a couple make the ultimate sacrifice - not watching a crucial game - because they're convinced they're bad luck. Their contribution to the team has orgasmic effects on the pair, much to the baffled chagrin of the man's new girlfriend.
-Liza Weisstuch, Boston Phoenix
Boston's passion for the Red Sox was dealt with again this year, courtesy of Greg Lam's Next October, presented with manic gusto by the Theatre Department of Suffolk University.
-Caroline Burlingham-Ellis, TheaterMania
2003 Double Plays
Shadow Boxing Theatre THEATRE COLLECTIVE Lisa Burdick of the Shadow Boxing workshops/readings program says she has a sort of symbiotic relationship with Thespis, the god of theater: she insists the excellence of Shadow Boxing's productions are happenstance, after apparently disastrous rehearsals. I don't believe a word of it. This was the second "experiment" in which three short plays were done, then done a second time but by different directors and different casts. Sounds impossibly dull, but quite the reverse was true! Rather than seeing/hearing the same things twice, a sell-out SRO audience got to hear different pausings and emphases, different pace and shape, different gestures and blocking --- and that meant familiarity bred interest and enthusiastic applause. The plays --- "What to Do With Mom" by Vladimir Zelevinsky, "Next October" by Greg Lam, and George Sauer's "Balloon Bending" --- were interesting on the page, and exciting given life. The whole exercise leaves me musing about how much at the mercy of casts and directors many Short-Play Festivals might be. It is true, however, that the better plays are those that CAN come-alive when good actors slip on the characters and walk around inside them a while. And I think one of the good things about the evening was the eagerness of actors to applaud their counterpart-casts making their plays differently. And maybe Thespis DID have a hand in it after all!
-Larry Stark, Theater Mirror