Jack and Jill
Playwright Jane Martin illustrates each stage of this relationship through short scenes and sharp dialogue. Judging by the nods, nudges and nervous laughs some couples in the audience exchanged on opening night, Martin hit some sensitive chords.
With Jack and Jill, Delta King Theatre deftly delivers what it’s best known for: an accessible play that examines relationships, most notably the yin and yang of men and women. Director Peter Mohrmann keeps a tight rein on the quick scenes, sharp repartees, clever staging and smart performances by Williams and Gularte.
Ultimately, even with solid performances, neither actor can make these unsympathetic characters likable. Jack and Jill’s ups and downs become wearisome. It’s like getting a restaurant table next to a bickering couple. It may be entertaining for a while, but by the end, you really don’t care if their relationship lasts. You’re just glad you’re not going home with either one.