HANG OF RELATIONSHIPS
published February 22,
now playing Off
Off Broadway at Theater for the
romantic comedy you saw a few years back? You know, the one with the pushy girlfriend and the
boyfriend who commits against his better judgment? And how she gets him to try something new, but
he gets her to settle down a bit by the end? Yeah, that one.
Looking Up elevates the standard
romantic comedy plot, and I mean that in a literal sense. As a love story told on trapeze, half
of the cast spends more time in the air than on the ground. The plot is nothing new, but the
relationship between the circus girl and the everyday guy gives the opportunity for some witty banter and amusing realizations. And, hey, it's hard not to stay engaged when a character gives most of her monologues while shifting through
a series of tricks several yards above the stage floor.
Carla Cantrelle isn't saying anything that hasn't been said before, but at least she's saying it well. The repeated references to getting where you want to be by 'looking up' instead of 'looking down' get a bit
tedious (okay, we get the title, moving on,) but Bryant Mason and Cantrelle play their characters with such charm and affection that it's
difficult to get too annoyed with the occasional weakness of the script. I found myself caring about what became of Jack (Mason) and Wendy
(Cantrelle), even as I accurately predicted every turn and twist of the plot.
Up won't really make you think, but it will probably make you smile. I'm not sure that
romantic comedies have a higher purpose than that.
kestryl.lowrey @ stageandcinema.com