Does anything turn guys offand girls onmore than the word "commitment"? That's the unhilarious premise of All Aboard the Marriage Hearse, an utterly conventional battle-of-the-sexes play by Matt Morillo at Theater for the New City. Under the guise of a 21st-century values debate, the comedy offers the stunningly fresh proposition that men might come from Mars and women, perhaps, from Venus.
All Aboard the Marriage Hearse
By Matt Morillo
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
Seana fine-looking young writer who has attained success at The New Yorker after being fired from The Village Voiceand his pretty girlfriend Amy return home from a friend's wedding. She wants to get hitched; he doesn't. Both double-talk to cover their feelingsor at least to look rational.
Morillo smartly inserts a major reversal: When Amy abruptly adopts the male point of view, it leaves Sean exposed and vulnerable and the moral masks fall off. But despite winsome performances from Nicholas J. Coleman and Jessica Durdock, the circuitous debates make this two-hander clunky. Sean pretentiously quotes William Blake the source of the titlebut the play actually resembles a bad sitcom written by George Bernard Shaw.