Review: Dry Powder at B Street Theatre
Playwright Sarah Burgess calls her play Dry Powder a comedy. B Street Artistic Director Buck Busfield, who also directs this play, calls it a drama akin to the shows presented on the B3 Stage at its old location: Funny, yes, but thought-provoking.
Leveraged buyouts, limited partnerships, Dodd-Frank and Goldman Sachs—the dialogue is a lot of financial speak, but you soon get the gist of it.
Dave Pierini is Rick, head of a Wall Street private equity firm in the midst of a public relations nightmare as one of its holdings laid off a ton of workers, just as Rick held a million-dollar engagement party in Bali, complete with elephants. “Just one!” he insists. Still, it’s a problem desperately in need of a fix.
Seth (Jason Kuykendall), a managing director of the firm, brings a potential solution—equitable and ethical—but rival manager Jenny (Melinda Parrett) suggests a more cutthroat approach.
The characters are stereotypical, but the acting is superior. Pierini is apoplectic as the flummoxed boss; Kuykendall engenders sympathy as the lone voice for the little guy; Parrett is ice-water-in-her-veins calculating as a woman who crushes opponents as easily as she crunches numbers. As Jeff, the little-guy rep of the proposed acquisition, Jahi Kearse could be victim or villain.