As I went to see the rehearsal of Bench Warmers at the BCP last night I did not think I would be quoting, Forrest Gump. However this describes the Boquete Community Players production Benchwarmers, “Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Bench warmers is not a single play, it is a series of eight short one act plays, packed between two bookends. The plays were selected from seventy six submissions. There are fifteen actors, five directors, nine writers and nineteen people on the crew. Like any good box of chocolates there are some some nuts, some sweets, some cherries and some oranges, but no lemons here. Depending upon your taste you will enjoy some flavors and textures more than others. That is the fun part, you will not know what the next will be.
I embraced the comedy, two playlets directed by Dee Harris and one by Lane Saurez. I also enjoyed the human interactions in Canyon’s Edge and Independence Day, they had savory flavors not often found in a box of chocolates, but providing rich contrast to the humor.
It was fun to see both new and experienced faces on the stage, Julian Bonifiglio with an Australian accent. Perron-Jones doing something like a tongue twisted Germanic, Argentine Spanish version of English, what was that supposed to be? How computer dating can cause pregnancy in front of your very eyes and how a dense self absorbed tourist can miss the obvious. You will see that love can survive fifty years and how shaking in the bushes can lead to erotic behavior. Beware of the X rated Buzz Lightyear and Barbie sex scene, it might make you roll on the floor. This box of sweets is a pleasing mixture well worth sharing.
Benchwarmers is a group of your neighbors learning, experimenting and providing us the opportunity to enjoy their evolution. It is an entertaining two hours. I recommend going to see Bench Warmers, sample all the flavors and decide what you savor most. There are tastes to delight everyone. I suspect the participants would enjoy hearing what you like best.
Here is a list of the playlets and the talent in them.
Bench Warmers is playing this week at the BCP Theater, with five performances including two matinees you have no excuse to miss the sweet and the savory in this box of chocolates.
Today, Wednesday May 22, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm
Thursday May 23, 2013 from 8pm to 10pm
Friday May 24, 2013 from 8pm to 10pm
Saturday May 25, 2013 from 8pm to 10pm
Sunday May 26, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm
These are some images from each play.