One of the many great things about New York City is the amount of great theater over the last five years or so. It has also catapulted a lot of new theater companies as well. The WIT, Women In Theater is in it’s third annual year. ” I happened one Night is a play that deals with two friends, Jenna( Tallie Gabriel) and Kate (Ellie Gossage). Jenna is socially awkward, in the fall she will attend Columbia University, she prefers books over people. Kate on the other hand is a party animal, who loves to drink and is attending community college in the fall. Jenna mother was a doctor, her dad a businessman. Kate’s dad is a gambler and unemployed. The two could not be any different.
Jenna likes a boy named Derek( Ed Rosini), he is a basketball star at his high school. He too is socially awkward, he stops into the clothing store where Jenna works and asks her to a party. After much consideration, she does not go, but Kate does. This is where the plot thickens. Kate gets drunk and has sex with Derek, she does not member if she said okay or not. Derek, equally inebriated does not remember either. She accuses him of rape and Derek’s reputation is destroyed. The only one who questions her is Jenna. Jenna knows her, she heard her say on the same day that she wants to lose her virginity.
It is a face off of Kate, her friend Benny (Michael Fell), and Jenna and Derek.the symmetry is brilliant, the writer gives you both sides here, let’s you choose and the choices are difficult, we feel bad for Kate as we do for Jenna, we see Jenny’s side in the argument and we surely empathize with Derek. Jenna gets the brunt of it, she likes Derek but also likes her best friend Kate. We Send a that a lot of Jenna’s social awkwardness is the loss of her mom, even though we do not know what exactly happened to her. Her dad Kevin( Russell Jordan) is overly perspective of her, he worries about her.
The whole cast is excellent and the show is well directed. The set is maybe the most sparse I have ever seen, but it all works. This little gem will tug at your emotions, it begs you to take sides only the audience finds that it cannot. It is a gripping play and one that you will think about for a long time to come.