May 2-24, 2014
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While the play’s shallowness is the source of its charm and appeal – like an episode of “Seinfeld” – it is also its downfall, for the play seems aimless and ends as abruptly and empty-handed as it begins. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Oh no! Senator Rick Santorum’s twisted fever dream of the ultimate effects of gay sex have come true! But it’s worse! Santorum only imagined same sex coupling leading to “man-on-dog” relationships. But in Swimming in the Shallows, now at convergence-continuum, it is man-on-shark sex that is at issue. And as it turns out, that cross-species dynamic is the most interesting part of a production that disappoints at almost every level.
Not a major work by any means, this show explores a variety of relationships through very short scenes. At an intermissionless one hour, that is more than enough time to check out both a gay wedding and a man enamored with a shark.
To see a full review of this show, read Art Thomas' article in "WestLife" here