Who would ever think of a timeshare sales experience as entertaining? But then again looking back on the one I want to I could see some laughable moments. And frankly, while I have had some experience in sales I had never been a timeshare sales person; they are a different breed as Steve B. Green, the writer/director of ‘Timeshare’ learned from his own experience. Oh and then there are the prospective customers. They too can be a gold mine of opportunity inasmuch as for most attending a timeshare sales meeting it is frequently all about getting a gift. Consequently what can evolve is a dynamic where some super charged extremely manipulative sales people come together with some folks focused almost entirely on the idea of scoring a free gift. There can be a lot of opportunity in such a dynamic and Steve B. Green presents that in his play ‘Timeshare’ which made its world premiere Friday, November 6th 2015 at the Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village, California.
First the audience is introduced to the sales team. The show opens with Tom [Tony Pauletto] motivating himself in front of the bathroom mirror. Then next the audience is introduced to the other sales staff including super horn dog Mike [Travis Quentin], the driven Jack [Kerr Lordygan] and the smoking hot Christine [Sarmarie Klein]. The sales team leader is the wildly over the top Frank [Jon Mullich] who exists only to close sales. The interplay between these characters provides a significant amount of the play’s energy and a fairly steady stream of laughter. But as the prospects get involved the ante goes way up.
Everyone comes to the sales meeting for the sole purpose of receiving a free flat screen TV but the sales team is driven to make it anything but free. That is the game and all of the players play it well. But one prospect really stands out because as the pitch goes on Neil [Paul Messinger] becomes increasingly agitated and eventually loses it, pulls out a gun and shoots. Drama trumps comedy and energy in the room soars.
‘Timeshare’ is in the final analysis a well-crafted exposition of diverse interpersonal relationships. It is rich in comedy with a very compelling dramatic element that guides the audience to a surprise ending. While everyone on stage performed at a superb level in my eye and mind Jon Mullich stands out for his powerful presentation of the wildly over the top character of Frank the sales manager. ‘Timeshare’ is a unique and entertaining theatrical presentation currently appearing at The Eclectic Company Theatre, 5312 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Valley Village, California 91607 now through December 13th with shows Fridays and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. Reservations may be made by calling 818-508-3003.
One CAUTION: There is a significant amount of crude language in the play. It is not gratuitous and fairly represents typical adult workplace situations. However, do leave the young children at home.