The second play of the evening was Good Morning by Matthew Stannah, following a similar formula of boy and girl meet and wind up at the girl’s place. Only this time, it was the morning after. The focal character in this piece was starlet Samantha, a Marilyn Monroe-like beauty with a beaming smile and wide eyes. Only as the events of the evening are recalled, you discover that Samantha is way off her rocker. As Jason Lust sleeps, Samantha snoops around his stuff to discover that he is the owner of some sort of entertainment business, instantly turning her into someone who will stop at nothing to find fame, and love. When Jason arises, he has no memory of arriving at Samantha’s pretty in pink bedroom. Nor does he even remember his mate’s name. It’s revealed that the seemingly innocent Samantha drugged Jason and began to plan their life together, as future Mr. and Mrs. Jason Lust. Jason tries to let her down easy, but Samantha will not take no for an answer. Good Morning seemed to be a little more fleshed out, finding a clear objective for both characters. Playing Jason, playwright Stannah played the same action often, though he shined in his physical comedy. Gabrielle Sarrubbo’s Sam gives Kathy Bates in “Misery” a run for her money. Sarrubbo was the highlight of the entire evening. She was strong, determined, and had great delivery. Her rise to obsession with Jason was hilarious to watch.
The parallels in the plays were boundless. Was it to prove the universality of the situations or merely coincidence? Well, that’s up for debate. But some of those moments did garner some chuckles, primarily the groinal grooming bit. Each piece showcased a different side of intensity through the female character. One was overtly sexual, decked out in black, and was proud of her wild side. The other was innocent to the eye, wearing white, but had a deep and dark crazy side. What was interesting about the plays together was the fact that both male characters were virtually the same. Despite being written by two different authors, it would have been more dynamic for the male character to be the same person, allowing this evening of one acts to unite further.
Good Morning & Good Night captures the unbelievably insane stories of one-night stands but they don’t quite reach their full potential. It may have been beneficial for Wharton and Stannah to take themselves out of their own plays and perhaps swap roles in order to hear their texts from a solely playwright perspective.