Saturday, February 24, 2007


BFF doesn't really hold any surprises in its plot: the first time it cycles from a cheery poolside chat between friends to the grownup, present-day self of just the one of them, you know there's something tragic brewing. However, the past tense of this play is fun to watch, and Anna Ziegler's writing captures a lot of the cruelties of social relationships of the seventh circle of hell (seventh grade). The modern segments are a bit less endearing, mainly because the love interest, Seth, is too much of a plot device: we never explore his neuroses. Laura Heisler, who plays the doomed Eliza, has a remarkable presence on stage that meshes well with Sasha Eden's stony resolve; by the end of these play, both actresses have taken advantage of their key scenes and shine.

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