What is real and what is our own inner thoughts playing havoc on us? Bear Kosik’s new insightful play Between Panic and Desire is a rollercoaster of a ride between what is real and what is not. Even by the end you are not sure of the truth of the matter.
We first meet Mark (Javan Zapata) as he is screaming on the phone, because his disability benefits are being cut. His older sister Caridad (Megan Grace Martinez) has to go and pick up their younger sister Esperanza (Reina M. Rouzaud), from the hospital. It seems she wrapped her car around a tree, just to have the experience. In the meantime, Dr. Greene (Michael Filisky) is scheduled to make a house call. Suddenly it is Mark who is hospitalized, and Dr. Greene tells Mark he has no sisters. Except he does, or does he? Has Dr. Greene ever even been here? What is the reality of the situation?
Zapata as Mark is believable as he switches from each reality. He makes what goes on in a PTSD mind seem normal and you get an understanding into the 30% to 40% of patients who experience auditory or visual hallucinations and/or delusions. As his older sister Martinez grounds the piece as Rouzaud keeps the audience guessing as to where her reality lies. As Dr. Greene Filisky is well cast. This whole cast is talented and point on.
Director Dennis Corsi, gives us an insightful piece that builds and keeps us guessing. Jonathon Lynch’s sound design and Patrick Bakalli’s lighting and tech are also well done.
Bear Kosik, is a wonderful storyteller with a way with dialogue. I could not second guess this piece and found myself caught up in the storyline. Bravo!
Between Panic and Desire is part of the NY SummerFest at The Hudson Theatre Guild, 441 West 26 Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). You can still catch this wonderful show August 11th at 8:30pm and the 12th at 1pm.