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  The Roommate at South Coast Repertory

The Roommate

South Coast Repertory
655 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa

The story is set in Iowa and follows Sharon. She’s sensible, an empty-nester, curious and very, very talkative. For the first time in her life, at age 54, she takes in a roommate to make ends meet. That’s where Robyn comes in, a new arrival from the Bronx who is hiding a lifetime of secrets. But Sharon has a way of getting to the truth—the fascinating, shocking truth. This intriguing play proves it’s never too late to shake things up—for better or worse. Silverman said she wrote The Roommate because she didn’t see enough roles for more mature women. She wanted them to be able to take on very active, vibrant and dangerous lives. Sharon and Robyn “make decisions that require a lot of boldness and recklessness, out of both desperation and desire for life,” Silverman added. Benson said he fell in love with the story the moment he read Silverman’s script. “It’s simply hilarious,” he said. “It’s about finding our skills and awakening to a purpose-driven life.”

Thru - Jan 22, 2017

Tuesdays: 7:45pm
Wednesdays: 7:45pm
Thursdays: 7:45pm
Fridays: 7:45pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 7:45pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:45pm



Price: $22+

Show Type: Dark Comedy

Box Office: 714-708-5555

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Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Jen Silverman reinvigorates the surefire (if overly familiar) odd-couple comedy in The Roommate, a South Coast Repertory West Coast Premiere that may well defy credibility in its final scenes but never fails to entertain, particularly as performed by a crackerjack couple of SoCal stage treasures."
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Steven Stanley


OC Register - Recommended

"...Michael Roth’s original music and soundscape provide aural textures that augment the sense of unease created by Silverman’s text – yet another reminder that although comedic, this roommate story is anything but Neil Simon-like theatrical comfort food."
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Eric Marchese


Will Call - Recommended

"...Interspersed with genuinely poignant moments, are hilarious verbal exchanges about motherhood, men, marijuana, telephone scams, online dating and so much more. Jen Silverman has written a play that every actress over forty would love to have in her repertoire. Gehringer, a tall, talkative woman blessed with a gorgeous head of hair, is most impressive and fun to watch. The petite Aubergonoi, the real life daughter of eminent actor Rene Aubergonois, is perfect as the brittle, adventurous sophisticate, ready to embark on a simpler lifestyle. SCR's co-founder, Martin Benson's expert touch, guides these two phenomenal actresses with a proven, directorial hand. Don't miss this West Coast premiere."
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Ingrid Wilmot


Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Gehringer benefits from having the more fully fleshed-out role, and her Sharon is an empathetic figure even while the transformations the plot demands of her aren't quite believable. As for Auberjonois, it's never explained why her character, an expert con woman, chooses Iowa City to flee to, of all places. (There is one throwaway reference to her grandmother having lived there.) The character spends a lot of stage time playing the sophisticated foil to Gerhringer's bumpkin. That seems to be structured into the script, and Martin Benson's incurious direction underscores that dynamic."
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Deborah Klugman


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