‘Buy My House’ at Aurora Theatre
“Buy My House Please!” made its world premiere at Aurora Theatre Thursday night and most of the audience gave it a standing ovation.
Were they serious?
The new comedy by playwright Gabriel Dean revolves around the financial plight of a young couple, Tim Lark (Matthew Myers) and Bryn Lark (Bethany Anne Lind).
Tim works as a barista at Starbucks since he was laid off from his advertising job months ago. His wife, an elementary school art teacher, is pregnant. The couple needs to sell their home to prevent it from going into foreclosure.
Their real estate agent, Peter Shaw (Doyle Reynolds), gets them on a reality show so they can show their home to thousands of TV viewers. The host of the show, Shelby Whitstone (LaLa Cochran), turns on the charm for the cameras and the haughty bitchiness for everyone around her.
Shelby insists that the couple empty their home so the show can properly stage it. Bryn insists that the urn she made out of her mother’s deceased remains stay on the mantel. She says she made the urn with her mother’s remains cast as part of the urn. They’re not inside it. Her mother, she says, will remain on the mantel.
When a prospective buyer visits the home, she says she will only take it if she can have the urn as well. This is one of a few situations that make this play a dream for someone who is fond of absurd comedies and a conundrum for the rest of us.
While Dean keeps the pace moving with many different characters walking in and out of scenes, the situations are over the top. For instance, people who work for the reality show dress up in outrageous costumes—two men dress up like women—to look like prospective buyers for the house.
The show is neatly wrapped up with Peter saying, “Reality TV is not reality. It’s bullshit.” And Tim says, “Home isn’t something you buy. It’s something you build.”
“Buy My House” is a fast-paced show but is light on substance. To me, it brings to mind the TV comedy show “Two and a Half Men.” People find it funny, but I don’t understand why.
“Buy My House Please!” continues through Nov. 1 at Aurora Theatre.