The play title "Elemeno Pea" is a hidden jewel created as a subtle clue revealed by Molly Smith Metzler in her wonderful work about the world of the rich and the price-tag associated with status symbols.
Directed by Goodman Theatre Artistic Associate Steve Scott, Redtwist Theatre, the intimate stage space on Chicago's northside, has a fantastic new production of the comedy-infused drama enjoying a Chicago premiere with one final weekend of performances.
Humana Festival's runaway hit play from 2011 is the hilarious scathing satire on money and class in post-modern America and features company members Michael Sherwin as a snobby ne'er-do-well and Johnny Garcia as a grumbling estate caretaker in supporting roles
"Elemeno Pea" centers around two sisters whose relationship unravels after older sister Devon, a "regular Buffalo New York" gal, visits her impressed-with-wealth sister Simone, who works as a personal assistant for a very rich, pampered woman on Martha's Vineyard. Simone, played beautifully pie-eyed and impressed by labels and possessions by talented actress Elizabeth Argus, gets her hefty six-figure salary for serving the super-rich and feels she has found paradise. A visit by sister Devon, played with an sense of wonderment and sarcastic amazement by Carley Moseley, thinks her brainwashed sister is selling her soul. Directed letter-perfect by Scott, add to this financial formula a surprise visit by trying-too-hard socialite employer Michaela, a role now being played by wonderful Melonie Collman for the final performances, and revelations are revealed to the surprise of everyone concerned, especially an unsuspecting audience.
The entire 90-minute, no intermission play is set in the guesthouse of the estate. From Olivia Leah Baker's detailed costume design to the fun and fascinating set created by Ross G. Hoppe, this is a stage story with a pay-off that leaves audiences entertained and discussing everything that unfolds for hours and days after the final cast bows.
Remaining performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 Thursdays and $30 Friday, Saturday and Sundays, with $5 discount for students and senior citizens. There's also plenty of affordable meter parking at this storefront theater venue. FYI: (773) 728-7529 or redtwist.org. Redtwist Theatre is located at 1044 W Bryn Mawr Ave. in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. It's recommended to reserve tickets 48 hrs in advance with credit cards accepted by phone and online to guarantee seating.