Pinky
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Eric Chazankin

Main Stage West in Sebastopol proudly presents the world premiere of David Templeton’s Pinky. If you’ve seen the cute show posters around Sonoma County, you probably figured out that it’s a romantic comedy about two teenyboppers who meet in high school. Well it is that, but it’s also so much more.

The character of David, performed by playwright David Templeton and Pinky, played by Liz Jahren, tell the story from two different perspectives. They also tell it from two different points in time. Each tells the story they remember in present time while acting out the events and all the characters involved in past time. Bringing this multiplicity of opposites together gives an added energy to an already lively comedy.

David first sees Pinky at a local bowling alley, and as far as he’s concerned, it’s love at first sight. Pinky, however, is on a quest to find a Prince Charming, and no matter how nice a guy David is, he doesn’t quite measure up to her fantasy. But David won’t be daunted and does everything in his power to become her Prince Charming. This involves wild schemes hatched with a far out array of wild friends, one of which always talks like characters out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels. Needless to say, this quest is both charming and hilarious.

Sometimes David’s fervor strikes Pinky in an endearing way: “It’s a funny sensation when you find out someone is in love with you.” Other times she sees him as a “kind of stocker.” Of course, teenage David has no doubts about his pursuit of Pinky, but the older David is more willing to admit that: “our imaginations tend to run away from us when we think we know who it is that we love, want, and need.”

Indeed, as we’re drawn further and further into their story, an added depth seems to echo from our laughter because we realize that we’re also laughing at the joys and mistakes we’ve all made in our own journey through life and love.

For tickets or more information about Pinky call 707-823-0177 or visit www.mainstagewest.com.

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