In Stay Over, Michelle (Lori Faiella, L) and her boyfriend, Mark (Tom Plutik), get entangled with Marks other woman, Lilly (JessAnn Smith, C).
Cheat, tell and be merry
By Elena Mancini
Stay Over is a romantic comedy centering around a dull couples metamorphosis into a two-thirds of a bizarre love triangle. Mark has a roving eye, and Michelle knows it. In a naïve fit of calculated seduction, she decides to give him a free pass to sow his cheating oats. Her reasoning is that once Mark has satisfied his marauding needs, theyll finally be able to settle down.
Mark is conveniently happy to oblige his girlfriend and proceeds with the arrangement. Michelle, on the other hand, discovers that there are a few hitches to her seemingly perfectly devised plan: her jealousy and Lilly, her seductive younger, free-loving cousin, who has taken up with Mark.
Instead of embracing the motto of dont ask, dont tell, Michelle is determined to squeeze out every gory detail of the affair from her caddish boyfriend and her hedonistic cousin. In the trios disingenuous efforts to analyze and restore the relationships to their original states, their conversations only serve to highlight the reckless entanglements theyve set into motion, reinforcing patterns of insecurity, narcissism and alienation in each of the individual players.
Hearty bits of irony, sitcom-like antics between the characters that seem stereotypical on the surface, but reveal themselves as surprising and unpredictable and a sensual nude dance at the end make Stay Over a raucously humorous play and an enjoyable night.