Whorl Inside A Loop is playing at the Second Stage Theatre located at 305 West 43rd Street. The play runs one hour forty five minutes with no intermission. It closes on September 20, 2015.
Dick Scanlan is the playwright. He was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 2010 for Everyday Rapture and in 2002 for two Tony Awards (book and lyrics) and two Drama Desk Awards (book and original score) for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Sheri Rene Scoot is the playwright and actress in the play. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2011 for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 2010 for Everyday Rapture, Outer Circle Critics Award in 2008 for The Little Mermaid and a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 2005 for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She won a Lucille Lortel Award in 2008 and an Obie in 2007 for Landscape of the Body.
Michael Mayer is the director. In 2007 he won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Spring Awakening. He was nominated for a Tony Award and won a Drama Desk Award in 2002 for Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Chris Myers won an Obie Award in 2014 for An Octoroon.
The place is a maxim security prisoner and various locations the volunteer is at.
Whorl opens with Sunnyside (Derrick Baskin) reading from a paper he has in his hands to the parole board.
The Volunteer (Sheri Rene Scott) is helping in a prison. She is setting up a small theatre group of inmates. The prisoners involved are Sunnyside, Rick (Nicholas Christopher), Jeffrey (Chris Myers), Source Ryan Quinn), Flex (Daniel J. Watts) and Bey (Donald Webber Jr.) The inmates involved in the program tell her how they came to be in prison. Some of the stories are Rick killed a policeman and Jeffrey took the rap for a friend who killed someone. I’ve only told you two stories but here are more including Volunteer.
Derrick, Nicholas, Chris, Ryan, Daniel and Donald play at least one other character without skipping a beat. They all do a terrific job.
This is thought thinking, well written story of men for one reason or another who are in jail. It is a show worth seeing.
It ends with Sunnyside in front of the parole board. The look on his face as goes backwards makes you wonder did or did he not get paroled. Well I hope he did!
Review by Rozanna Radakovich
Photos by Annazor.
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