The Gin Game: A Complex Tale Told Simply

 

By John Farrell

The Gin Game started in an equity-waiver theater in Hollywood in 1976.

Since then, it has gone on to conquer Broadway, the United States and the world. The play, with just two actors, is a tour-de-force, a package that combines comedy and tragedy in a single, simple set.

Its first great couple, 30 and more years ago, was Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Since then, it has been all over the world, in Europe, Israel, China and Japan.

Now, The Gin Game is playing at San Pedro’s Little Fish Theatre. It still touches hearts with its simplicity and hidden complexity.

Mary-Margaret Lewis is Fonsia Dorsey and Dennis Hattem (making his Little Fish debut) is Weller Martin, two residents of a home for the aged. They meet on the sun-porch of that home and Weller invites Fonsia to play Gin with him.

It looks like romance is going to strike these two, but the play is much more complex and profound. Hattem’s Weller is charming and ingratiating, but he also has a violent temper and a past that includes some very great disappointments. Lewis is also a charmer at first, until Weller begins to unravel her secrets and her past.

They play cards, they even dance, but there is also bitterness and loss. The Gin Game is not what you expect. It isn’t a polite comedy, but an intriguing, poetic comedy. A true story of the end of life.

Director Danielle Ozymandias keeps the play simple and lets the two actors carry the show.

Tickets are $27, $24 for seniors. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with one matinee of May 11, through May 24.

Details: (310) 512-6030www.littlefishtheatre.org
Venue: Little Fish Theatre
Location: 777 Centre St., San Pedro

Tags: , , , , ,


About the Author



Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Like Us On Facebook!

  • The Guide to Fine Dining

    The Guide to Fine Dining
  • Calendar

    June 2015
    S M T W T F S
    31

    Category: ArtVarnette Honeywood

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: ArtLong Beach Museum of Art Auction XVI

    Category: Community5th Annual Spring Garden Tour and Wine Tasting

    Category: EntertainmentClay Jenkins Ensemble

    1

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    2

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    3

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Kiwanis Club

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    4

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFarmer’s Market

    Category: ArtFirst Thursday Artwalk

    Category: CommunityNight at the Aquarium

    Category: CommunityOpen Mic Nite

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    5

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: ArtFirst Thursday Artwalk

    Category: CommunityHidden in Plain Sight: Day of Remembrance of Those Lost to Trafficking

    Category: EntertainmentDead Man’s Party

    Category: EntertainmentPiano Nights with Rob Klopfenstein

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    Category: EntertainmentL.A.vation U2 Tribute Band

    Category: EntertainmentTaiko Center of LA

    6

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFiesta Corazón del Puerto

    Category: EntertainmentHydrogen Jukebox

    Category: CommunityPacific Islander Festival

    7

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate 2015

    Category: EntertainmentHydrogen Jukebox

    Category: CommunityPacific Islander Festival

    8

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    9

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    10

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Kiwanis Club

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    11

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFarmer’s Market

    Category: CommunityOpen Mic Nite

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    12

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: EntertainmentPiano Nights with Rob Klopfenstein

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    13

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    14

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    15

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    16

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    17

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Kiwanis Club

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    18

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFarmer’s Market

    Category: CommunityOpen Mic Nite

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    19

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: EntertainmentPiano Nights with Rob Klopfenstein

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    20

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    21

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    22

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    23

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    24

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Kiwanis Club

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    25

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFarmer’s Market

    Category: CommunityOpen Mic Nite

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    26

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: EntertainmentPiano Nights with Rob Klopfenstein

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    27

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    28

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    29

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    30

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    1

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunitySan Pedro Kiwanis Club

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    2

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: CommunityFarmer’s Market

    Category: ArtFirst Thursday Artwalk

    Category: CommunityOpen Mic Nite

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    3

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

    Category: ArtFirst Thursday Artwalk

    Category: EntertainmentPiano Nights with Rob Klopfenstein

    Category: TheaterAbigail/1702

    4

    Category: ArtMOLAA Presents Fantastic Mexico

  • Take a Trip to Havana

    Take a Trip to Havana
  • Join the RLn Network

    Subscribe Today:


    Options


  • Get Home Delivery!

    Get Home Delivery!
  • Reset The Net: Protect Your Privacy

    Reset The Net: Protect Your Privacy