My father was an opera singer, sometimes still hums “toreador en garde” around the house, so when the arias flowed between scenes in Marriage, Lizards, and Love I was delighted.
The play details that age-old argument of a couple married for four years with very different goals: Julia (Stephanie LaVardera) wants a baby, while Henry (Erik Harrison) wants quiet and peace to do his work as an opera composer.
The situation is complicated further when family matters are blended into the mix: the house the couple resides in was left by the mother’s will to Henry’s older brother, David (Michael Silver) and David is eager to sell. Julia lauds this as the perfect time to move into a larger home, start a family… but Henry has a strange reluctance to leave, locking himself in his studio, the cottage’s detached garden shed.
Marriage, Lizards and Love
by Jean P. Bordewich
at The Shop – Fort Fringe
607 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Marriage, Lizards and Love is rife with unexpected mystery and almost courtroom-like drama (complete with witty co-worker Paula, played with vigor by Karen Kelleher, and the troubled client Tammi, (Roxy Reynolds.) Julia’s legal practice influences her views and decisions to act.
The thrilling conclusion leaves the audience as shocked as Julia when the truth of Henry’s reluctance to part with his childhood home finally sees the harsh light of day.
Marriage, Lizards and Love is about just that, but it’s also about something more — how creators of art and beauty can hide ugly blemishes from their past, just like anyone else.