Alone in Triptych is a gripping piece that explores the situations of three very different individuals in unique settings. In their respective journeys of self-discovery, they confront the truths from their past and current, unsettling circumstances.
A triptych is a painting or carving consisting of three panels. The trio of characters in Alone in Triptych is connected by their deep sense of personal isolation. Leeann (Vera Beren), Lori (Catherine Porter) and Remi (Michael Tomlinson) appear on stage individually. And, each of them masters the art of conversation, one sided discussions that are very revealing. The dramatic talents of Beren, Porter and Tomlinson have found their place in Alone in Triptych, with captivating, heart-wrenching monologues. It is the acting that has a most critical place in this piece; interpretations must be played just right.
Leeann is a victim of history repeating itself. Like her mother and grandmother before her, she is trapped by the wrong choice of a man. Lori is the victim of an abusive relationship, violence that she attempts to thwart by telling her husband humorous, degrading anecdotes about women. Remi’s condition is the darkest of all; the case of the abused becoming the abuser as he kidnaps a young girl and keeps her in seclusion.
Alone in Triptych is a stark view of the human condition with its agonizing and powerful emotions. It is drama, as it should be, with fine writing and flawless direction; one that gives the audience a powerful theatrical experience.
The show is written by Renee Philippi, and is co-directed by her and Eric Nightengale. It is presented by the critically acclaimed Concrete Temple Theatre, a multi-disciplinary company that emphasizes the creation of compelling new theatre works.
Photos by Stefan Hagen
1. (L-R): Vera Beren, Michael Tomlinson, and Catherine Porter
2. Vera Beren
3. Catherine Porter
4. Michael Tomlinson
Alone in Triptych
145 6th Avenue (Enter on Dominick, one block south of Spring)
Through From March 30, 2014
Performances are Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8:30 p.m., Mondays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Tickets, $18 and $15 for students and seniors, can be purchased online at Here Theatre or by calling 212-352-3101
The running time is 70 minutes.
For more information visit the web site for Concrete Temple Theatre