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You'll want to test-drive Becky's New Car'

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You'll want to test-drive Becky's New Car' photo by M. Weston Photography

BANGOR  Becky (Stacey Scott) is a middle-aged wife and mother who has sunk into the tepid routine of her life with her loving but average husband, Joe (Ron Lisnet), and her 26-year-old perpetual student son, Chris (Brad LaBree). Though she isn't looking for it, temptation for a new life literally walks in while she is working late one evening and Walter Flood (Ken Stack), a rich and absent-minded widower bumbles into her life.

Flood assumes that Becky's spouse has also passed away and begins making romantic overtures toward her. Flattered and confused, Becky doesn't deflect them as well as she could have and finds her simple life becoming more interesting and much more complicated in turns.

'Becky's New Car' breaks the fourth wall by acknowledging and including the audience in several different ways. This is as daring as it is funny, as it adds an element of uncertainty and chaos into a live performance. The actors must deal with any hesitation or reactions from the audience with grace and timing, and without breaking immersion which is a huge threat when dealing directly with those watching. Fortunately, the cast's interactions with the audience on Thursday night's performance were well-timed, welcomed and added immensely to the performance and humor of the evening.

The play toys with scene changes in a similar fashion. The whole idea of immersion is flipped about and made into something of a running joke throughout the play. But it works and works well, adding to the humor and chaos that runs throughout the play.

And though the play deals with some heavy topics (infidelity, lies, affairs) it never sinks into a morose state. The cast skillfully walks the line between humor and despair, keeping the audience's spirits afloat but maintaining the sense of urgency throughout.

Incredible performances were brought in by everyone in the cast, but special mention needs to be made of Lisnet and Stack, who were able to bring down the house with their impeccable timing and humor, especially in the second act. Allen Adams - who played Becky's co-worker Steve, who exists perpetually on the edge of a meltdown - was also a great source of humor in the show.

If you haven't done so already, you need to take 'Becky's New Car' for a spin. It's definitely worth the trip.

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