Much Seagram’s Seven is swilled and much bull is slung during J&J Productions’ inaugural presentation of Romulus Linney’s last play, “Love Drunk,” a bumpy all-night session during which a drunken May-December romance becomes a dangerous liaison for Wilbur Johnson (John Honeycutt) and Karen Bannerman (Jess Jones).
“After Jess Jones and I decided to do a play together,” John Honeycutt says, “we searched for two-character scripts with characters close to our respective ages. One of the reasons we liked this script is that the characters are both habitual liars, and it is interesting to try to discern when Wilbur or Karen is lying and when they are not.”
One of the delights of Triangle theater in 2011 is the emergence of recent Barton College graduate Jess Jones as one of this area’s finest young actresses. She sparkles like a 24-karat diamond in dime-store brooch in Deep Dish Theater Company’s earnest but badly flawed production of “After the Revolution.”
“Ether Steeds” mixes magic with melodrama in a coming-of-age story with supernatural overtones and lots of flashbacks, and Jess Jones as the coltish 17-year-old Skeeta makes the most memorable impression.
“The play fits nicely in the rooftop garden, and is strengthened by the surroundings,” claims director Steven Roten. “I hope that the audience will feel like they are a part of the world of the play while they enjoy the warm spring nights.”