Friday, March 15, 2019

Straight—Triangle Productions!—NE Portland

         3 Into 2 Won’t Go

    This drama is written by Scott Elmegreen & Drew Fornarola and directed by Donald Horn.  It is playing at their space, 1785 NE Sandy Blvd. (free parking lot to the West of the building), through March 23rd.  For more information, go to their site at or call 503-239-5919.

    Love is definitely a Centerpiece in our Society.  But a definition of it will probably vary with every individual.  A common misconception of it in films, is that Love is confused with Lust, and that has complicated many a relationship.  Also, it seems to be a forgone conclusion that getting married and having kids is the only purpose we have in life.  Human Beings are a lot more complex than that, believe me.  And so, in this case, we have a man, who loves a woman, but who also love another man.  What do do…what to do…?

    Ben (Zachary Taylor Warner), a stock broker, living in the Boston area, has a long-standing relationship with a cancer research scientist, Emily (Jennie Spector), who only lives a couple miles away.  He’s a bit uptight in the social arena and she is bit of a workaholic.  But, both being in their mid-twenties, after five years they have seemed to have created a comfortable pattern of existence for themselves.

    That is until Ben starts having some doubts as to his sexual identity.  It seems that in his teens he had a couple of attractions to the same sex but shrugged them off.  And so, he meets Chris (Colin Kane), a twenty-year-old college student, majoring in history, who seems pretty sure of who he is and what he wants. And so, it becomes a sort of reverse of the Svengali relationship as, in this case, the student must teach the master. 

    Of course, a confrontation will occur at some point between the three of them and decisions will have to be made.  Who will end up with whom, well, I won’t be a spoiler so, you’ll just have to see it for yourselves.  The bulk of the story does concern some pretty heady discussions regarding sex, science, nature vs nurture, emotions, philosophy and history, as well as the obvious stigmas attached.  It is quite a fascinating dialogue but the play ends quite suddenly and abruptly with no real conclusion in sight.  But, until then, it is quite compelling.

    The actors are all first-rate and quite convincing.  One does feel their pain, frustrations and doubts, as they travel through this journey of self-discovery.  It should also bode discussions with the audience as to parallels in their own lives.  Horn, as always, has given us much fodder for thought in this very complex and changing social environment.

    I do recommend this play but, be aware, the discussions and situation are quite frank.  If you do choose to see it, please tell them Dennis sent you.

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