Review: "Becky's New Car"

Steven Dietz play brings big laughs to the IRT.

April 2, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

With plot holes big enough to drive the title vehicle through and turns that are signaled long before they are taken, Steven Dietz’s comedy “Becky’s New Car” (through April 11 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre) still manages to be a highlight of the Indy theater season so far.

It pulls that off in large part thanks to Constance Macy, offering an open, winning performance as a women in is-this-all-there-is mode. She's ably assisted by Nicholas Hormann as her distracted, wealthy temptation.

There's plenty to nitpick. The ending is fuzzy. The farcical elements seem to be dodged before they fully develop. And the supporting characters often don't seem to be in the same play. Becky's husband Joe, for instance, seems cut from Neil Simon cloth (which makes me want to see actor Robert Neal take on some of the better Simon plays). Past-her-prime debutante Ginger seems to come from a '30s comedy by a lesser Philip Barry. And office-annoyance Steve is pitched by writer, director and playwright at the level of Disney Channel sitcom comic relief.

Dietz knows his way around punch lines, though, and is adept at keeping the piece moving forward. At almost every moment, we want to know what's going to happen next (even if we already have a pretty good idea). It doesn't arrive at any place new, but that's okay, since we're with someone we've grown to care about, despite her indescretions. By breaking the fourth wall and welcoming us into her home and workspace--sometimes by actually bringing audience members on stage--"Becky's New Car" reminds us of how fun a comedy for the masses can be. And that a play doesn't have to explore new territory to still be a journey worth taking.

For more details on the production, click here.

Your thoughts?

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

ADVERTISEMENT