Theater review: Professor Roth's Will at Driftwood Players

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Dr. Roth’s children react, and resentments come into play,
as his Last Will and Testament is read.
Photo courtesy Driftwood Players

Professor Roth’s Will
By Joe Starzyk
Directed by Justin Tinsley
Edmonds Driftwood Players
January 13 – 22, 2017

Review by Doug Gochanour

An old English proverb asserts, “Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way.”

This spellbinding play combines elements of drama and comedy, as it asserts, “Where there’s a Will, there’s a dysfunctional family ready to explode.”

While it’s often helpful to believe that determination may overcome any obstacle, their disturbing reality leaves these estranged Roth siblings with a less optimistic perspective. Jason Conner, Sarita Benson, Simone Barron, and Thomas Glass give gripping performances as the adult children of a cold, distant father. They have gathered for the reading of his Will.

Interaction among these siblings begins to open old wounds, and negative life patterns begin to reestablish themselves. Animosity and hostility surface as disruptive forces. The situation becomes so heated that violence seems likely to be the next reaction to any further exposures from the past. Note that this production is suggested to be PG-13.

Photo courtesy Driftwood Players

As serious as this sounds, you will find humor to lighten the performance, and bring you into touch with the relationship between comedy and drama. Be thankful for this.

Another unique aspect while enjoying this play is that you are experiencing its American Premiere Production. Yes, this is the first time it is being performed in America.

The Driftwood Players troupe and crew are showcasing this innovative play as part of the Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities. They tend to feature the work of new or local playwrights.

Joe Starzyk is a playwright who created many plays in his college days, then took a 27-year break from writing. In the last few years he has written numerous plays. His works have been performed at theaters all around the country, and in Europe.

As the audience becomes engaged in this production, it offers a chance to reflect on situations in reality, where personal baggage may get in the way of family connections.

The Driftwood Players hope to give us pause for thought about the future we would desire for following generations. They behoove us to keep creativity alive, keep hope alive, and preserve the right of self-determination.

You will be glad to experience the exciting conclusion of Professor Roth’s Will.

January 13 - 22, 2017. Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
$20 general; $18 senior, junior, military
For tickets call 425-774-9600 or purchase online

Wade James Theater, 950 Main Street, Edmonds 98020


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