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Falling and falling in love

“Beyond Therapy” is a play about, among other things, things falling on people.The play explores what happens when Bruce, a neurotic bisexual man, and Prudence, a practical though slightly crazy woman, meet through the personal ads on the advice of their respective therapists. Needless to say, “It’s a comedy,” said Seth Davis, who plays Bruce. “It’s very physical. It’s a delicious romp.”Christopher Durang wrote “Beyond Therapy” in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and it deals, in large part, in gender stereotypes and what happens when gender roles are reversed. The Defiance Community Players have produced the show almost exactly as written, save for deleting a few curse words and updating some celebrity references. Other than that, the play seems to have run exactly as Durang would have imagined. Bruce sobs, whines, and compliments convincingly, and Prudence is incredibly practical and hard-boiled. And even though the two drive each other crazy, there is a clear connection between them. The play marks a return to acting for Davis, a Glenwood native, and it’s the first time Sara Hale, who plays Prudence, has performed with the Defiance Community Players. All the acting is strong, but Davis’ and Hale’s performances stand out. Both seem totally natural in their roles, and the two play off each other well.”The funest part is that we get to throw water on each other,” Hale said. “And I get to dabble in bisexuality,” Davis said. The audience should come expecting to laugh a lot, as the play is full of both funny scenes and fantastic one-liners. “I don’t think a man should cry unless something falls on him,” Prudence says. Doors open for Beyond Therapy at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Blue Acacia Playhouse. Doors open for Beyond Therapy at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 21, 27 and 28 at the Blue Acacia Playhouse.


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