Women have various criteria that men must meet to see if they are worthy of their love. For some ladies, it’s whether the man makes her laugh, is nurturing, hot in bed, romantic, but for one woman, it’s all about the ‘fungi’. If a man doesn’t know what a porcini is, he’s got to go. The woman, is romance writer Alma (Danette Garrelts ( an ex alcholic/druggie) who’s come to visit her best friend Kat (the wonderful Nancy Young).
Kat, an ex-actress, is now a writer on a reality t.v. show. Yes they do have writers. She’s a pretty blond in her early 40’s, who is under house arrest, for some tiny altercation that led to her husband, Will (Paul Keany) being injured. Actually he’s her estranged husband, since Kat decided to have sex with her piano tuner, Roberto (the very funny Garret Camilleri).
To say Kat is not a happy camper is an understatement. She’s in a perpetual state of anger…To put it bluntly, the lady is a ‘bitch’.who for some reason, loves to take her rage out on her neighbors. The fact that Kate has to wear an ankle monitor and is not allowed to leave the house, adds fuel to her already angry state of being.. Lucky for Kate she has friends and they all drop by for a visit, including husband Will and Roberto…
Each of Kate’s friends bring with them their own issues and ideas about men, relationships, aging, and everything that goes along with that. My favorite character, besides Kate, is her friend Juliet (the excellent Tania Gonzalez) Juliet has been in a relationship with Jonathon (Gregory Niebel), a successful TV personality, whom she refuses to marry even after being together for over eleven years. They are both allowed to have one night stands, which she happily takes advantage of. To say Juliet has a fear of commitment doesn’t even come close. And of course there’s the aforementioned, Alma, whose loneliness brings her very close to the edge.
What makes this play so wonderful is that all three women really care about each other. Yes they’re imperfect but it’s their flaws that’s makes them so relatable..
This world premiere of The Porcini Test’ is written and directed by Laureen Vonegut and she has done a great job in creating a dark comedy that will make you not only laugh, but think about your own life, as these complex ladies peel away their facades and reveal their truths.
‘The Porcini Test’ runs through August 22nd at Promenade Playhouse located on the Third Street Promenade, 1404 Third Street in Santa Monica.90401. Performances are .Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 7 pm Ticket prices are $30 and available for purchase at http://buytickets.at/theporcinitest/27010. Don’t miss it.