This new play by Martin Dockery begins with two men sitting side by side gazing out over the audience. They are policemen who are staking out a van across the street. Dockery’s script is outstanding. It begins with some small talk on various disconnected topics. In this phase of the show there are a lot of funny one liners and unique humorous observations about life in general. As the play continues. the conversation begins to focus on human relationships in a general way. Still later the conversation centres on specific relationships as surprising connections between the two characters begin to emerge. The progression from small talk to specific relationships is gradual and subtle and is what makes this script stand out. By the end, things become much clearer and the ending is quite poignant.
Performers Dockery and Andrew Broaddus are both razor sharp throughout and are able to bring the audience along through the enigmatic script. The play is entertaining, funny and poignant. Dockery’s monologues often receive general acclaim but I think this play shows his playwriting should not be given short shrift. This a very well written and performed play which should not be missed.