nytheatre.com review by Susan Rankus
July 23, 2006
The appropriately named LOL (Internet shorthand for "laughing out-loud") had me LMAO ("laughing my a$$ off"). LOL, presented by Liquid Productions, is a sexy dark comedy about online dating.
The story, cleverly written by Tony Sportiello, is about Danny (played by Greg Skura). Danny is a romance novelist who ironically is having trouble with his love life. After a suggestion from his friends, he decides to try to meet women online. When he fails miserably, he learns about the bi-fem chat room and comes up with a clever experiment. He creates an online female alter ego named Karen (played by Nicole Taylor), so that he can enter the bi-fem chat room undetected and get a better idea of what turns women on. Just when Danny thinks he has it made, all hell breaks loose. Be prepared for highly detailed descriptions of sexual situations.
I absolutely loved this show! It was hysterical, riveting, and had several twists that sneaked up on me. The staging by director Jerry Less was highly effective. Greg Skura effortlessly plays Danny with humor and charm. You sympathize with him immediately. Nicole Taylor is adorable. Her portrayal of Karen as a Stepford Wife Fem-Bot, is truly inspired and executed perfectly. Also in the cast, playing a variety of roles, are Kari Swenson Riely, CK Allen, Jean Tawfik Brookner, Michael J. Reilly, and Debra Whitfield. All have flawless comedic timing and create a repertoire of fun colorful characters. With so much talent in one production, this show is a must-see!