By Isaac Olson
Izak Benrobi, an NDG resident and co-founder of Acts to Grind Theatre, is starring in the company’s upcoming “melodramedy” by Patrick Marber called “Closer.”
While Acts to Grind Theatre did a performance back in January, Benrobi said this upcoming play is the company’s first big show.
“Our first show was almost like a trial run,” said Benrobi in a phone interview on March 28. He said this upcoming show is “really our first big launch.”
Looking ahead, he added, “I’m feeling good. I have one week off now to really work on my character.”
Benrobi will be playing Larry, a dermatologist. Wikipedia provides plenty of plot spoilers if you like plot spoilers. The play was adapted into a 2004 film as well.
According to the press release, the play won the 1998 Olivier Award for best play and it won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for best foreign play in 1999.
“Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this stinging look at modern love and betrayal,” states the press release, noting the story is set in London in the year 1997.
The four main characters, including an obituary writer, a dermatologist, an American stripper and a photographer, end up in “a series of pass-the-lover scenes in which this quartet struggle to find intimacy, but, despite shared truths and kindness, can't seem to get any closer.”
The play will be performed seven times between April 4 and April 9 at the MainLine Theatre (3997 St. Laurent Blvd., just south of Duluth Ave.). It is a limited-seating, intimate venue and it is recommended that you book in advance here.
The schedule is as follows:
- April 4 to 9: 8 pm
- April 9 matinee: 2 pm