Theater Review, “The Loneliest Number”

Robert Massimi.

The “Loneliest Number” at the beautiful black box Clemente Theater on Suffolk St, is about a married couple, Wendy,(Leigh Williams), and John,(Zac Jaffee), the have been married for five years and to spice it up the last year, have engaged in threesomes, even though it is not clear if the other partner participates.  Every month one partner gets to choose who they want to enter there world. Wendy chooses Kevin, (Justin Yorio) and John chooses Arianne, (Cassandra Paras).  Although it is not clear, John suffers from a prostrate problem at the beginning of the show, we later learn of the prostrate cancer that has returned, we are not sure if this is the reason of the threesomes or not.

Maria Dizza does an admiral job directing this show, as does the staging in this play, (Brooke Bell), but the acting falls short with a very weak plot. The idea of the play, a couple having three ways is intriguing enough. It has a lot of options to keep the theater interested, but Lizzie Vieh does not deliver a cohesive piece of writing. It starts off okay between John and Wendy, although there is not a lot of romantic chemistry between the two of them It goes down hill from here when Kevin enters the play, he is cold, detached from any emotion and he is just not a believable, good actor. Arianne is a notable actor, playing the role of a lover, bartender and lending a friendly hand to Kevin and John. She has had her issues to deal with in life, her mother committed suicide after she cheated on her father, she was married to a CIA office who now lives in Guam, she insinuates that this is maybe why she is bi-sexual.

As the play develops, Wendy and Kevin fall for each other, she is now carrying Kevin’s  baby. Kevin is not happy about it, he blames his childhood. Wendy, does not seem to even care that Kevin has no emotion towards the pregnancy. John on the other hand is emotionally distraught that Wendy has left him while his cancer has returned. John is lost and only has Arianne to talk to about it. He asks here to come back and for no rhyme nor reason, she returns one night out of the blue.

“The Loneliest Number” makes it’s world premiere here at the Clemente , it was in works since 2015. This play needs to have major reworks to be substantial. It starts out one way, tries to take us down an edgy road but fails. I found the acting to be weak except for Paras.  The show, which is well directed, falls short with the acting and the script.

Robert M Massimi.

Author: nobullwithragingrobert

Was a drama critic at Manhattan College. Wrote professionally for Bergen News, Sun Bulletin . Alpha Sigma Lambda, Beta Theta. Has seen over 600 shows worldwide, has published both on Theater and Politics. Avid reader on many subjects and writers. Chief Drama critic for Metropolitan magazine. Writes for Jerrick media, American conservative, The City Journal and Reason magazine. Has produced shows both on and off Broadway.

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