The Odyssey Theater and Indie Chi Productions in Los Angeles lifted the curtain for the debut of The Snake Can by Kathryn Graf. As one who normally doesn’t see much theater, I was eager to discover how a play named The Snake Can would unfold, intrigued as I was by its mysterious title. To my delight, a talented assembly of actors captivated the audience with a natural yet vital authenticity that carried Kathryn Graf’s story.
Diane Cary, Jane Kaczmarek and Sharon Sharth star as three successful women who challenge themselves to find love and personal fulfillment during a mid-life crisis. Steven Robman directs the ensemble cast, which also includes Gregory Harrison, James Lancaster and Joel Polis.
In an intimate 99 seat theater scene, three women and the men in their lives recreate the real life drama of self -discovery while examining the gray areas of marriage, divorce, wants and needs, sexual ambiguities and dating on an age of online matchmaking.
Growing older doesn’t always mean growing wiser. Harriet (Kaczmarek) is a widow and single mother, Nina (Cary) has left her actor husband to escape the shadow of his celebrity, and twice-divorced Meg (Sharth) has been navigating singlehood for the last ten years.
With a playful display of scenarios and projection images to enhance the authenticity of each scene, the cast treated the audience to an entertaining and comedic tale where three women cope with the stressors of middle age.
The Snake Can (much like the gag toy it resembles) is a symbol of the sudden surprise as middle age brings on new challenges.
Much of the play is derived from the playwright’s own trials and tribulations. Graf explains, “the play comes very much out of my own personal experience,” as a widow who raised two kids. She often felt just as these characters do—at once free, eager, and wild, yet terrified. A very well cast play with the perfect assemble of actors to bring alive a delightful theatrical piece to enjoy with family and friends.
WHEN: Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. (select weekend matinees)
The Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
West Los Angeles, 90025
TICKETS: Please purchase tickets here.