Choices and positive outcomes are seldom linear. Feminism isn’t binary. Phyllis Schlafly may not have been the Antichrist. These are just some of the learnings from Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn.
Everywhere you look, 40-somethings are having existential crises. Rapture’s, however, differ sharply from the summer’s hit TV show Satisfaction. Satisfaction’s crew realizes the extent of their misery and actively (yet covertly) seeks different outs. Rapture's characters cope with their misery by wishing their lives were swapped…and in an instant, they are.
Avery (Nicole Javier) serves as the hoochie mama comedic catalyst who forms a surprisingly sweet bond with Alice (Lillian Bogovich), the chill martini maker mom of bombshell Catherine (Marilee Talkington). Aurora veteran Gabriel Marin (Jack Goes Boating, Collapse) oozes overgrown slacker. His Don has been content to phone it in on the job and at home…just don’t mess with his weed or porn. Rebecca Schweitzer is similarly spot on as tightly wound Gwen, who employs absolute truth telling as a compensatory strategy for giving up the drink.
Won’t give too many plot details away, but prepare to laugh, learn and come to appreciate that enduring, especially in the context of relationships, may be the most exquisite verb of all.
Now playing through October 5, tickets here.
Above: Babysitter Avery (c. Nicole Javier) interrupts Catherine (l. Marilee Talkington*) and Don (r. Gabriel Marin*) as they get reacquainted in Aurora Theatre Company's Bay Area Premiere of Rapture, Blister, Burn
Photo by David Allen