Social Security

Lora Nava, Cora Warrick, Randy Koonse and Louis Eodice discuss mother’s moving in the funny and a bit bawdy presentation of Main Street LIVE’s Social Security.

Main Street LIVE’s doors were shuttered along with many local businesses when the COVID pandemic ripped through Trinidad, but it turned on its lights, opened its doors again and welcomed its patrons back to their seats last Friday night, March 22 for the premiere of its showing of Andrew Bergman’s comedy, “Social Security.”

“This hilarious Broadway comedy surrounds a married couple who are art dealers,” according to the program. “Their domestic tranquility is shattered upon the arrival of the wife’s goody-goody nerd of a sister, her uptight CPA husband and her archetypal Jewish mother. They are there trying to save their college-student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex. The comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist who is the art dealers’ best client.”

The six-character show is set in the Khan’s New York East Side apartment in the 1980s.

“Performing arts is healing,” said Cora Warrick, artistic director of “Social Security”, adding that laughter heals people and that’s especially needed right now with the current pandemic. She also plays one of the lead roles in the play, meaning she is pulling double duty on this one. We’ve seen plays directed and performed by Warrick and we can always count on a solid performance on and off the stage. This play is no exception.

This will be the last performance at Main Street Live for Louis Eodice who’s performing as David Khan (the art dealer) in “Social Security”. He has been involved with the theatre for three years and has been involved with three productions at MSL.  

He said he had no prior experience before joining and that he had a wonderful experience with them. He is leaving the group because he is moving out of the area.

Louis plays the art dealer husband with great authority…and humor. One could say that sarcasm is his first language. The dialogue needs to be sharp to pull this kind of play off and Louis delivers.

For Stacy Alexander, who plays the mother Sophie Greengrass in the comedy, Friday, March 19 was her debut with MSL. She really got into the role and at one point in the play she leaves nothing to the imagination, but in a very funny sight gag kind of way. It was very obvious that Stacy is having fun in the role.

“It’s been a great experience,” Alexander said about working with MSL. She wants to continue working with MSL either on-stage or backstage. She said everyone had “great” advice for her and that they helped her during her first production with the theatre.

Nora Lava plays the co-art-dealer wife. Her shear panic over the situation is a joy to watch. One feels for her and the situation but enjoys the humor in it all as well. A tough combo to execute, but she does it beautifully.

Randy Koonse plays the CPA husband. His delivery of some rather bawdy lines is priceless. The fact that the character doesn’t really understand the terminology makes it even funnier. A very expressive actor, Koonse makes you watch him so one doesn’t miss a great reaction.

Rounding out the cast is Jonathan Segers. Jonathan plays a 98-year-old artist, Maurice Koenig who has a thing for Stacy’s Sophie. Segers is in his 20s, which makes the role even funnier watching such a young man play someone over four times his actual age. After a few minutes one never has any doubt that they are watching a very senior citizen on stage. His choice of pacing and voice pitch work incredibly well for the role.

Cora Warrick wanted people to know that anyone can join the MSL team to help with lighting and sound, acting and set creation by leaving their contact information with MSL.

For people who missed last weekend’s shows or who simply couldn’t get enough of the production, there will be a second slate of showings this weekend. Friday’s and Saturday’s show will start at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will be a matinee with a 2 p.m. showing.

Tickets cost $18 and are available online, during business hours at the Main Street Live office at 131 West. Main St. and one hour before the show at the door.

The cast and crew had about four weeks to prepare the lighting, set, props and learn their lines, said Warrick. The show was originally set to open a year ago, but when the pandemic took its reigns on daily lives, the show had to be put on hold.

The next new play will be on April 16, 17 and 18. Main Street LIVE will be doing an original play called “Laughing To Death.” The play is a live radio show murder mystery/comedy, with audience participation. Until that point, there is one more weekend to see “Social Security.” Make sure you come out and enjoy a well-needed laugh.

For more information go to mainstreetlive@gmail.com or call 719-846-4765.

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