“Becky’s New Car,” Roadrunner Theatre’s next offering, is a Steven Dietz comedy about a middle-aged woman stuck in a life that is predictable and without adventure. Then a wealthy widower walks into the car dealership where Becky works and all sorts of possibilities open up to her.
Director Roberto Guajardo gives us his three top reasons to catch this play.
1. The script. “It’s well crafted and very funny, yet it’s not without it’s more serious undertones. I think that Dietz explores the emptiness that we all experience from time to time and that we sometimes try to fill without thinking of the consequences. All of the characters in the play have experienced a loss or have a void they are trying to fill. Yet, it’s more of a farce than it is a psychological indictment. This play is funny, but often life is not. It straddles a nice balance between the human condition and the human spirit.”
2. The cast. “I’ve been blessed with an extremely talented cast, some I’ve worked with as an actor. Caroline Reed, a veteran on Tucson stages, has great comedic timing. Michael Woodson, also well known as an actor, has, even in his more serious moments, a comic twinkle in his eye. Daria Berg, who first impressed me as a 9-year-old actress, has been concentrating on her studies; her return to the stage is a pure delight. I have generally associated Clark Ray with more dramatic roles, but it turns out he has a strong comic sensibility. Laura McCormick, who plays Becky, brings a beautiful inner life to her character. Bob Kovitz plays a man who is totally out of touch with how the real world works; he makes his character funny and heartwarming. And Nick Smallwood embraces the innocence and arrogance of a college student studying psychology.”
3. It’s funny. And serious. “Between Dietz’s script and a very talented cast, the comic potential has been deeply mined. That comedy, like sugar in a glass of bitter tea, makes the more serious themes of the play very easy on the palate.”