Two newlyweds talk about their lives, and realize marriage comes with unanticipated challenges.Average Rating: based on 3 votes
Show Category: Drama
|Opening:||Jun 17, 2009|
|Closing:||Aug 16, 2009|
Show Website: http://www.alchemytheatre.org
410 West 42nd Street
Between 9th and 10th Ave.
I didn't know what to expect from this Off-Broadway show. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't excited by it either. I tend to enjoy a good story, and this was more of a character play than a story play.
Sweet Storm takes place in a tree house in Florida (at time when small radios were uncommon) where a newly wed couple are spending their first evening together. The bride has recently become crippled, the groom is a priest. Through the evening, their characters unfold. I thought the actors did a great job of making their characters believable.
There was a bit of humor, and a bit of drama. It was a cute little love story. In the end, I felt like I was left wanting more from the play. For example, we never did learn why the bride was crippled. The tickets were quite cheap compared to a Broadway show, and I'm glad I didn't pay more for it than I did.
I didn't know what Sweet Storm was about before going in. I was a bit disappointed overall. There really wasn't much to it.
Sweet Storm follows two newlyweds. The entire story takes place in a "honeymoon tree house suite" that the husband built. The wife is disabled - she can't use her legs. The wife expresses some apprehension about being in a treehouse, and then somehow they spend the whole play just talking about their feelings and thoughts about the future. Like I said, there wasn't much to it.
They discuss a variety of topics relevant to them, such as the husband's occupation (a preacher), their neighbors, where they want to live and build a house, etc. There wasn't any story - it was just a discussion about these characters.
Marriage- something that I think can sometimes be taken for granted or rushed into too quickly when people think they are "in love".....Sweet Storm takes the chance to examine a relationship that is in that exact position.....almost like eavesdropping, this play lets you hear the fear of a young bride that is not sure of herself, especially after contracting polio and the sincere faith of a preacher (the new husband) that leads his life in the way of the bible.
I love that this play is about how two people really "relate" to each other in what should be "the happiest day of their lives" in a way that seems more realistic than what is typically handed down in romantic comedies.
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