By Christopher Durang
“A bisexual New Yorker seeing a psychiatrist meets a neurotic woman seeing a psychiatrist.”
Beyond Therapy is a quirky comedy about a lonely woman (Prudence) who replies to a personal ad and meets an eccentric, outspoken bisexual man (Bruce) who wants Prudence to be the mother of his children.. and this is five minutes into their conversation. If Bruce sounds like he needs to be in therapy, he is. So is Prudence. However, both of their therapists are even more mentally messed up than the distraught main characters.
Directed by Elsemiek Hes
Produced by Floor Mijland
Beyond Therapy uses absurdist humor in that the characters often say and do outrageous things to people who respond in equally outrageous, and often unbelievable ways. The play also features elements of farce in that there are romantic complications that culminate in a chaotic third act. Finally, Durang’s comedy is laced with satire; in particular it parodies the potentially dysfunctional relationship between therapist AND client. There’s Charlotte, who stumbles over the simplest of words, and who references the play Equus as a good source of advice, and who interacts with her patients with the help of a stuffed Snoopy doll. And then there’s libidinous Stuart, who once slept with Prudence. One of the subplots features Bob, Bruce’s jilted male lover. Since Bruce has decided that he wants to settle down with a woman and raise a family, Bob obviously feels a little resentful.
Tim Leegte as Bruce
Pleun van Engelen as Prudence
Dorian Smilda as Dr Stuart Framingham
Berber Aardema as Mrs Charlotte Wallace
Fer Peterson as Bob
Aubrey Williams as Andrew