August 24, 2015
Small spaces hold strong talent in the Fringe Festival productions as demonstrated by the two-person play “Sousepaw”written by Jonathan A. Goldberg and produced by the Shely Company Theater.The title's clever play on words is based on a true story about the 1913 pitcher Rube Waddell from Texas.
A killer pitcher, Rube (convincingly played by James B. Kennedy) can hammer balls across the plate but is incapable of managing his temper, or alcohol and sustaining “team spirit.” Despite his God-given talent, the slow-witted, burly pitcher is destined for tragedy. The night before a fateful meeting that could put him back in the major leagues, Rube yearns for female diversion to whittle away the endless night. Fond of little puppies, fire trucks and reptiles, he invites an erotic woman who performs snake dances.
Despite his lack of funds, Rube’s childlike persona gets under the skin of Reptile Girl (Christina Pumariega). In a constant state of seduction, the swarthy Pumariega changes in and out of string bustiers and short panniers (think Baroque dominatrix by Deanna Frieman) revealing her life is in shambles just like his. Equally at a loss, Rube and Reptile Girl are trapped inside their dreams.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis