| America's second oldest theatre troupe performed admirably over the weekend in their first offering of 2012, in Craig Posposil's "Somewhere in Between."
Joshua Carty is hilarious and believable as the anxiety ridden protagonist Jasper, whose awkward journey through New York social life forms the core of the story.
Other standouts include Anya Krawcheck and Todd Hamilton who reappear in several roles, from an oversexed couple to a fesity construction worker and panicking businessman. Jon Slocum also shines as a homeless man who encounters Jasper, in a poignant scene that at first seems out of place in the oddball comedy, but ultimately ties the story together masterfully. Meredith McMillan is endearing as Jasper's love interest in the sweetly plausible romantic side to his educational misadventures.
Posposil's opus is original yet authentic, though his writing seems demonstrably stronger in the more personal monologue and dialogue than in larger ensemble scenes.
Marion Cimini, Sara Clement, Deborah Herman, Jeff Herman, Scott Luscier, Denise Roller, Brooks Sherman, Jamie Trie, and Jill Wanderman round out a strong cast in this fun romp sprinkled with thoughtful moments.
A couple of minor hiccups, though barely noticeable, could possibly be attributed to a last minute venue change. Due to a mishap with Pittsfield's labyrinthine and unnecessarily confusing permit process, the Players were forced to make a late switch from their South Street headquarters to BSC's Stage 2 performance space on Linden Street.
Those hungry for some delightful early Spring theatre can catch "Somewhere in Between" at Stage 2 this Friday and Saturday (Mar. 30 & 31) at 8pm, with a final matinee at 2pm Sunday, April 1.
Ticket price is $15, $12 for seniors and students.