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3C OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: June 6, 2012
Synopsis: The war in Vietnam is over and Brad, an ex-serviceman, lands in L.A. to start a new life. When he winds up trashed in Connie and Linda’s kitchen after a wild night of partying, the three strike a deal for an arrangement that has hilarious and devastating consequences for everyone. Inspired by 1970s sitcoms, 1950s existentialist comedy, Chekhov and Disco anthems.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"Just about everyone who grew up with a rabbit-eared television set in the 1970s harbors an abiding, possibly mortifying affection for one of the era’s signature sitcoms. On a down day I might even be persuaded to spend an hour with “Laverne & Shirley.” But I never thought I’d feel any residual nostalgia for “Three’s Company,” the fluff-brained sitcom that kick-started the careers of John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt. "
"Tragedy plus time equals comedy. The 1977 sitcom “Three’s Company” plus time equals David Adjmi’s new play “3C,” a work that wants to be biting parody but ends up a gummy stunt. The set echoes the series note for note: stuccoed apartment, sunken living room, plant stand, doors made for farce. Ditto the tube socks and short shorts.
"Perhaps the playwright David Adjmi was adversely affected by the popular American sitcom "Three's Company" in his childhood. Based on the British series "Man About the House," it ran from 1977 to 1984 and still has a life in reruns. For those too young to have seen it, the plot revolved around roommates Janet, Chrissy, and Jack sharing a Santa Monica apartment owned by Mr. and Mrs. Roper. The central conceit was that to convince the Ropers there was no hanky-panky going on, Jack pretended to be gay, allowing for many comic shenanigans of a generally innocent nature. In "3C," Adjmi's intention is to take "Three's Company" to the dark side, demonstrating the loss of innocence in the show's group of characters. So instead of reality TV, the playwright has taken TV and given it a severe dose of reality. This original if disturbing deconstruction provides mixed results.
"David Adjami's 3C, playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which has produced the play with piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory, certainly starts with a promising premise. This new comedy imagines a Chekhovian overlay of emotional turmoil and undercurrent of fraught, unspoken subtext for a group of characters who are not unlike those found in the 1970s staple, Three's Company. "
"‘come and knock on our door/We’ve been waiting for you . . .” Although the names have been changed, the premise of the new off-Broadway show “3C” will be familiar to anybody with a passing knowledge of a certain popular 1970s sitcom. You know, the one about the three roommates? But don’t expect a straight-on re-enactment of “Three’s Company” along the lines of “The Real Live Brady Bunch,” or a “Saturday Night Live”-style spoof. David Adjmi’s “3C” has a more complicated agenda. His play’s very funny, sure, but also very weird and ultimately unsettling.
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