One amazing things about Cincinnati is the quality of theatre that we have here. Very talented playwright Karen Zacarias who had been previous presented the smash hit The Book Club at the Shelterhouse has done it again with a comical, witty, real-life drama about how delicate relationships with our neighbors can be tactfulness, diplomacy and understanding sometimes can fall prey to self-interest and ambition.
Native Gardens takes a look into the extremes of managing these relationships. A young couple Tania and Pablo have moved into a fixer-upper community with nice Victorian homes in Washington D.C. area. They have fresh ideas, hopes and energy. Both are ambitious and upwardly mobile Tania is graduate student and Pablo is a rising star at the large law firm. They move in next to an older couple Frank and Virginia well established in the community conservative with all the right connections. They are ecstatic that someone has brought a run-down property next to them who will turn it around. Frank and Virginia who love their garden it is a well tended English garden with exotic flowers and plants. Tania likes the concept of native plants and flowers that are good to the environment. The relationship starts off friendly effort with Tania and Pablo having refreshments at Virginia and Frank. However, controversy of property lines, clashes of ideas, class, ethnicity, and privilege resulting in this relationship devouring into a modern day “Game of Thrones” story of the fight over territory, battles and the forming alliances. These hijinks and antics in the story are totally engaging, saucy, and enticing.
The acting talent in this show is outstanding:
John Lescault as Frank Butley has gestures that are so intense, jestful, and lively you will be captivated as to what he will do next.
Karen Ziemba as Virginia Butley, plays various aspects of character artfully, from sweetness, to tongue in cheek digs to aggravate a response, almost like a spider to her prey to get them to agree with her.
Sabina Zuniga as Tania Del Valle was enthralling, and passionate. I love her character tries so much to be diplomatic, and rational but afterwards gets frustrated like all of us when dealing irrational people and next is outspoken and determined.
Gabriel Ruiz as Pablo Del Valle demonstrated character’s boldness, and idealism with sprit and brass.
The onstage performance will bring you joy, humor and entertainment well worth seeing for more information on performances view The Cincinnati Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com