Veteran actor Rick Valencia has landed what he calls “the role of a lifetime” as George in the living room comedy Reckless Banter at the Short Dock Theater in New Haven. Penned by popular playwright James Whitman, Reckless Banter recounts the hysterically awkward evening when George and Amelia throw a small dinner party that erupts into a comedy of errors.
“I’ve wanted to play George for years,” recalls Valencia. “I was up for the role against Louellen Walsh while back. He ultimately landed the role in that production and did a fine job with the part. I’m excited to have the opportunity to take on this challenge here in New Haven.”
Valencia describes his take on the role as rooted in “an Albee approach, with a little Noel Coward and George Bernard Shaw thrown in for fun.”
“The condescension George shows, coupled with his almost uncontrollable desire for one of the dinner guests, Judith (played by Stephanie Serber), makes him an interesting character. He spends the night putting out fires and trying to conceal the truth.”
As with any good comedy, the show has multiple truths that are discovered throughout the evening, awkward conversations, door slams and unexpected guests to the party. Whitman’s gift at raising the stakes with each passing moment shines in this play and it’s played to perfection by this outstanding cast.
You only have a few more weeks to catch this limited engagement production so get your tickets soon.