Lobby Hero
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Tika Moon

“How do you know if you are right and everybody else is wrong or you’re just wrecking your own chances?” asks Dawn (Denise Elia), the rookie cop in Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Playhouse’s production of Lobby Hero. It is a question of modern day morals that Dawn and Jeff (Ryan Schmidt) confront throughout this comedy directed by John Craven.

The play, written by Kenneth Lonergan, offers a perfect blend of laughter and choices between right and wrong, which in today’s world is painted in ironic shades of gray. Lonergan uses these shades of gray to enhance the comic elements of the play. Security guard Jeff has a sense of humor that allows him to make fun of everything, yet there is goodness in him – a sense of right and wrong. But in today’s world right and wrong is not as simple as Jeff’s supervisor William (Norman Gee) tries to view it: “If you stick to the rules, then you never have to have a discussion about whether or not you were justified not sticking to the rules.”

Adding to the laughter are the many subtle touches of action and movement that the director employs. Craven, a veteran actor, with a special flair for comedy, adds the final brushstrokes that breathes a life force into this story. The audience keeps laughing while deeply caring about the characters. It’s a winning combination you won’t want to miss.

For tickets or more information call (707) 523-4185 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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