Theater troupe raises stakes with comedy
Though comical in nature, "Other People's Money" by Jerry Sterner acts as a test of ethics. Does the audience side with Larry the Liquidator and assign the most value to "maximizing shareholder values," or with Andrew Jorgenson and the employment and livelihood of 1,200 people?
The play follows the plight of Andrew Jorgenson (Steve Morris), president of small company New England Wire and Cable, as Lawrence Garfinkle, a.k.a. Larry the Liquidator (Jim Lamproe), attempts to take over and liquidate the company.
In Sandy Actors Theatre's performance of the 1980s dramedy last weekend, the delivery of comedy and concern was just right to where jokes landed with a healthy chuckle but didn't take away from the thought-provoking quality of the piece.
Jorgenson's (Morris) dismay and supplication were just as palpable as the comedic sexual innuendo and tension between Lawrence Garfinkle (Lamproe) and Kate Sullivan (Melissa Jean Swenson).
Director Tobias Andersen described the play to The Post as a "timely piece," and noted that the struggle that occurs in the play is happening all the time. "Businesses come in and liquidate whatever they can make money off of, take the money and run," Andersen said. "I don't think we need any (better) example of how we've lost our moral compass as a country."
As Andersen hoped, many theater-goers left the venue talking about ethics. The performers somehow all acted in a way that made their individual characters dynamic and stand out in their own moments, but the chemistry between them kept any one actor from outshining another.
"Other People's Money" is definitely worth some of your own money to see. The play is appropriate for an audience of teens and older, though it contains some adult language.
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