A comedy about longing for lost love
AUTHOR: MARC PALMIERI
DIRECTOR: MARK SPINA
A long Island landscaper, Bob Malone, stumbles into an outdoor Shakespeare production in Manhattan. It so moves him, he writes an autobiographical play about his troubled marriage.
Two New York theater pros, not eager to do what Bob hires them for, stage the play in his garage, and cast it with an assortment of oddball neighbors.
This romantic comedy finds its heart in a stunning ending.
April 14 - 24, 8 performances
General Admission: $30
Burgdorff Cultural Center, Maplewood, NJ
New York Times
“The Groundling is half comedy and half tragedy, half verse and half prose. Though it begins as a formulaic showbiz farce, it takes an unexpected swerve toward heartbreak…
Borrowing a neat trick from Shakespeare, Palmieri tops off this saccharine comedy with a nicely bittersweet finish. Plenty of audience members were dabbing eyes with sleeves and tissues as the lights came up.”
“A thoroughly modern, breathlessly comical, arrestingly poignant story of a man trying desperately to make sense of love and loss…
Strong writing keeps the play consistently comical when it wants to be and moving when it needs to be. At a crackling 90 minutes, the ending sneaks up on you like a pickpocket and takes the play in an unexpected direction, just as does Love’s Labour’s Lost.
With gut-busting laughs and a moving story, The Groundling is one of the surprise downtown gems of the season.”