This puts a reviewer in a tight spot: Do you pay attention to the warning flags, or do you give a kid a chance and the exposure he’s asking for? Well, it’s too late for the first option, so let’s concentrate on the second.
Ithaka Calling follows young Kate through a dramatic evening, when she confronts her marriage, her past, her future and an old boyfriend. Laskey brings up some interesting issues: the plight of veterans, marital roles and ivory-tower elitism.
Laskey does hit the pitfalls of many first-time playwrights: two-dimensional characters, too many issues (he also throws in infidelity, gender roles, post-traumatic stress and alcoholism) and dialogue that merely sets up the important statements and speeches.
But I applaud the fact that Laskey has actually written and produced a full-length play, and demonstrated he has the chutzpah and perseverance to see it to stage. Oh, and he has the ability to charm a reviewer into attending.