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Sunday Paper by David Zellnik|
Review by Doric Wilson
June 19, 2001
What better way to celebrate Gay Pride in New York City than to discover a remarkable new gay playwright — we are not talking here about “beginning” or “promising,” instead we are in the presence of a full-fledged playwright. Many young writers seem to be just biding their time in the theater until they sell their film treatment, or get hired for a TV series. Their plays — episodic and lean of structure — loiter awkwardly on the stage waiting to be picked up by a more lucrative media.
David Zellnik’s play Sunday Paper is wise and witty and occupies the stage assured that its author is to the theater born. A gay man and a close woman friend spend a Sunday morning at the beach amid a scatter of towels and newspapers and the ache of loss. Cell phones, often maligned, here become instruments of intimate and healing truth. With elegant restraint, Rebecca Kendall directs Pam Karlin and David Weincek — a perfect cast in a perfect production.
The play is part of Short Stories 3, NativeAliens Theatre Collective’s Third Annual Short Play Festival. The other plays featured in this year’s festival include:
Sunday Paper ran June 19-23, 2001 at The John Houseman Studio Theatre, 450 West 42nd St., NYC.