This script is a delicate balance of anxious loneliness and farcical laughs. Director Tony Caselli has managed both the action and the humanity with skill. Its slapstick physical comedy is tempered with cultural references and silly phrases that satirize corporate restaurant lingo — charmingly declaimed by the delightful Alison Megroet as the newly trained, young, overzealous Personal-Party-Host-With-the-Most.
Madelyn Porter appears at last as Tracy #2, a real guest! And is pounced upon and peppered with snacks and games and Tracy-Bonding… but a party game suggests a problem... Tracy#3, Steve DeBruyne, eventually joins the scene after a couple quickly thwarted attempts — and has the nerve to be a MAN. Every character is simultaneously comical and tender, beautifully awkward, unstable, and endearing.
The Jones Street Bar and Grill, the Place for Wings and Things, set is wonderfully designed to encompass the entire theatre with graffiti and kitschy decor items. (Scenic Design by Zech Saenz) The buffet food is some combo of real and unreal “wings and things” that look so real, it’s only the lack of fragrance that gives them away. (Props/set dressing by Michelle Raymond.)
Tracy Jones is a human farce of loneliness and the universal need to connect. It’s about an hour and a half without intermission (audience masks required) and runs through June 19. Come for the laughs and leave with a better appreciation for the social links in your world.