We’ve all been there.
A couples’ weekend getaway to a secluded and stylish country home. A boozy dinner. Empty wine bottles pile up. Inhibitions are lowered, and lips are loosened. Philosophical friction between the wife of Couple A and the husband of Couple B lead to a sexually charged argument that continues unabated after the other spouses have retired for the night.
It all goes downhill from there.
Falcon Theatre’s second production of its 2017-18 season is Theresa Rebeck’s hilarious quarrelsome comedy POOR BEHAVIOR. But far from being mere farce, the story takes a serious look at the nature of love and marriage and what exactly constitutes morality. Variety calls the play’s original Off-Broadway run “indecently funny,” and Theatermania describes it as “incredibly satisfying.” And according to The Wrap, the play’s antagonist is what would have happened “if George Bernard Shaw had conceived Stanley Kowalski” (a fitting and apt description, given that Falcon’s fourth production this season is A Streetcar Named Desire.)
POOR BEHAVIOR arrives on the heels of Falcon’s first season production, Frankenstein, which came within a handful of seats of selling out its entire run.
First-time Falcon director Lauren Carr says of POOR BEHAVIOR, “It’s a story about functioning dysfunctional couples in search simple human decency and maybe a chocolate muffin,” referencing one of the play’s running gags. Ms. Carr says that she’s approaching the production from an actor’s perspective. “The characters in the play leave actors a lot of room for interpretation and development. It gives me a chance to work with actors, which is my favorite thing as a director.”
The Falcon production features Phineas Clark as Ian, Becca Howell as Ella, Derek Snow as Peter, and Torie Pate as Maureen.