San Jose Stage Company
As the Beach Boys in the background sing joyfully their upbeat harmonies of “Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older … to live together in the world where we belong,” a couple clearly pushing well into their seventies goes about prep for dinner – she pulling the roast from the oven and arranging it ever so properly on their plates while he sets the table, placing each component exactly in the spot he probably did last night. While Brian Wilson and Boys echo lines of “We could be married and then we’d be happy,” she takes a first bite and casually remarks, “I want a divorce” to which he cuts his meat, glances at her, and says, “Alright” with the Beach Boys’ words still in the air of “Oh, wouldn’t it be nice.”
And so opens Bess Wohl’s 2020 nomination for the Tony’s Best Play, Grand Horizons, a punchy, powerhouse comedy about marital malaise, now in a laugh-out-loud, smack-dab-scrumptious performance at San Jose Stage Company’s The Stage.
Please continue to Talkin’ Broadway to read the rest of my review.
Rating: 5 E
A Theatre Eddys Best Bet Production
Grand Horizons continues through April 30, 2023, in production in The Stage by San Jose Stage Company, 490 South 1stStreet, San Jose, CA. Tickets are available online at www.thestage.org , by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 408-283-7142.
Photo Credits: Dave Lepori
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