Comedy 2 Across explores a chance meeting on a commuter train
Elkhart Civic Theatre will present a staged reading of Jerry Mayer’s play 2 Across. The comedy focuses on two people on a commuter train, each with their own crossword puzzles which become something of a metaphor for their lives. The reading will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on August 13, 2019, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, 1732 Garden Street. This play is presented as part of the Marcia Fulmer Staged Readings Series, supported by a generous gift from Ray and Cheryl Waldman.
Karen Johnston is directing 2 Across. The cast includes:
Man: Keith Sarber
Woman: Elise Davis
Narrator: Brent Graber
Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 a.m. They’re alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro; he always quits. When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life: those who finish succeed; those who don’t, fail.” Now he vows to finish. Why? He’s a competitor, and she happens to be lovely.
This starts an 80-minute ride described by critics as “Hilarious,” “Witty,” “Romantic,” “Poignant,” and “Wonderfully entertaining.” Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable but believable surprises, even a passionate embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
What the critics say:
“… lovely … a battle of the sexes throwback” – The New York Times.
“Must-see play of the year. Witty. Mesmerizing.” – Beverly Hills Lookout.
“A charming, character-driven comedy strives to entertain and succeeds admirably.” – Los Angeles Times.
“A rich theatrical piece … A fascinating 80 minutes in which light banter turns to raw emotion … creates a tone that perfectly underscores both the comic and dramatic elements of this surprisingly memorable play.” – Los Angeles Weekly.
“The plays asks us to think, then think again. It’s entertainment with revelation … Excellent timing.” – The Santa Monica Observer.
“… a bright, witty, poignant and deceptively simple play about two emotional and supposedly mature people … Intriguing plot twists and surprises … Sparkling, confrontational dialogue.” – Palisadian Pos