Juicy Bits Productions presents Shelter in Place, a one-act play about three very different co-workers stuck together in a lockdown.
Three co-workers in the human resources department of Homeland Security are working on Christmas Eve, when they are suddenly, and without explanation, told to go on lockdown. When phones and Internet are cut off, chaos ensues. Accusations, threats, gun wielding, and full-out panic overtake these otherwise rational and professional employees, making the audience wonder how we would all react if technology was suddenly shut off. When put in a stressful and frightening situation, how would you respond?
While the plot is an interesting one, the acting could be improved. Jose Reyes Teneza was wonderful as flamboyant, cheerful Tyler, but his co-stars (Cyndi Eskins Christiani as Jo and Rory Austin as Todd) unfortunately fell a bit flat in their portrayals. At my performance, a lot of lines were delivered somewhat mechanically, and with noticeable pauses as they stopped to remember them. While this did detract from the play somewhat, each still managed to bring plenty of amusing moments.
Enjoyable and thoughtful, this play provided a good hour of entertainment.
Running time: 60 minutes
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