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Amelia Roper’s Zürich Touches on the Moments We Have Left

Amelia Roper’s Zürich Touches on the Moments We Have Left

Amelia Roper’s Zürich takes place in a luxury hotel in Switzerland in identical rooms. Watching through a pane of glass, it’s as if we are voyeuristically spying on five sets of inhabitants, who each play a part in the final outcome. Each scene ends with a gunshot, a blackout, and the sound of an explosion until we begin to realize this is all happening at once.

Juliana Canfield,Paul Wesley

Juliana Canfield and Paul Wesley Photo by Robert Altman

We first meet a handsome, self-involved banker (Paul Wesley) who refuses to leave the room of the woman (Juliana Canfield) he has just had a drunken one-night stand with. He believes this room is his and she just wants him to leave. He seems to have misplaced a lot of things, including his luggage. Mr. Wesley’s hysterical portrayal makes this scene hum, and Ms. Canfield is his perfect match.

Carolyn Holding, Austin Smith

Carolyn Holding, Austin Smith Photo by Robert Altman

Next, an African-American man (Austin Smith) is being disturbed by the maid (Carolyn Holding) he has summoned to clean his bathroom, but what he really needs is someone to take out his frustrations on. The maid is just as needy and as miserable as he is, if not more so. He is trying to come to grips with his promotion by his unethical employers, but he is just as slimy as they are in his own way. Ms. Holding is a gem as the maid and holds her own against the devious Smith.

Gregory Diaz IV, Samantha Cutler

Gregory Diaz IV, Samantha Cutler Photo by Robert Altman

Turning the tables, a 13-year-old (Samantha Cutler) is babysitting her obnoxious 11-year-old brother (Gregory Diaz IV). Rooting through their parent’s luggage, they find a gun.

Sami Molly Bray, Renata Friedman

Sami Molly Bray and Renata Friedman Photo by Robert Altman

In another room, a German-Jewish woman (Renata Friedman) is trying to find out where the contents of her grandmother’s bank account have gone. Her Grandmother was killed by the Nazi’s and it seems that a Swiss bank has confiscated other accounts of this kind while trying to skirt the issue. In the meantime, her daughter (Sami Molly Bray) is bored to death.

Matthew Stadelmann, Lynne Lipton

Matthew Stadelmann, Lynne Lipton Photo by Robert Altman

Finally, a retirement-home escapee (Lynne Lipton) and her orderly (Matthew Stadelmann), bitter at their economic circumstances, plan to blow up the lot.

Produced by Colt Coeur and New York Theatre Workshop and directed by Colt Coeur’s artistic director Adrienne Campbell-Holt, this show keeps at a steady pace as we explore the last moments of 10 lives. In a world deep into global crisis, is there really any neutrality? Amelia Roper’s smart dialogue matched with winning performances makes Zürich a stand out.

Zürich: Colt Coeur and New York Theatre Workshop, 4th Street Theatre, until May 5th.

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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