Fringe Fest 2013: The well-acted Bad Connections? has a limited range
The performance is better than the script. In Bad Connections?, lone player Paul Cosentino plays nine New Yorkers whose lives inevitably intersect. An assured actor with the physical plasticity of a dancer, Cosentino creates crisp and mostly engaging characters that include a heavily pregnant black woman, an ancient Italian shopkeeper, and a Jewish wife who feels that she has become invisible in her fifties. Michael Levesque’s script offers some subtleties, going beneath the Jewish matron stereotype, for instance. But, even though the play is about relationships, none of them is fully fleshed. And the sudden, revelatory conversation between the mom-to-be and the matron, who’ve never met, feels dramaturgically convenient. The material provides Cosentino with a showcase, but limits how much he can deliver.
At the Waterfront Theatre. Remaining performances on September 7 (8:10 p.m.), 11 (5 p.m.), 12 (10:25 p.m.), 13 (6:55 p.m.), and 15 (4:45 p.m.).