Throughout its 25-year history, Stages Theatre has made it a point to showcase the original works of local playwrights, giving theater scribes a forum for their work and audiences access to world premiere productions while letting directors, actors and designers try their hands at something new.
Add playwright David Macaray’s “Man Trouble” to Stages’ ever-growing roster. That’s the blanket title for the two all-new one-act Macaray comedies “Food Court” and “Discount Murder.”
Macaray has a talent for creating quirky characters whose oddities bounce off one another like pinballs, yet whose issues and problems reflect the concerns of everyday Americans.
More accurately, the folks in his two newest playlets sound more like Southern Californians at a mall or in a park – or what you’d hear if you were a fly on the wall of an Orange County home.
“Food Court” gives us a kind of meet-cute between two people attending a funeral. In fact, they’re the only two mourners. Kitty (Christi Pedigo) is cousin to Murray, the deceased, and Kyle (James A. Menke) was his best friend.
Since no one else is around, they begin to get acquainted, and the topic eventually turns to romantic status.
Menke’s glib Kyle is respectably intelligent, but also a tactless goofball. Pedigo’s cute, brainy Kitty is admittedly “too trusting” of men despite her pattern of having been deceived by them – and the more Kyle blabs, the more we see how he plays fast and loose…