by Adam Bock
Directed by Michael Smith-Gallo (Montclair)
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, to Saturday, September 14, at 8pm; two additional 3pm matinees on Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15.
WHERE: Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, off Valley Road near the Acme, in Upper Montclair
TICKETS: $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors (discounts available for prepaid groups of 20 or more). Opening night tickets are buy 1, get one 1 free. Tickets can be purchased online at studioplayhouse.org/tickets or by calling 973-744-9752.
At the start of a typical day in the Northeast Office, Beverly deals effortlessly with ringing phones and her colleague’s romantic troubles. But the appearance of a charming rep from the Central Office disrupts the friendly routine. As the true nature of the company’s business becomes apparent, The Receptionist is The Office meets The Twilight Zone, and raises disquieting, provocative questions about the consequences of complicity with evil.
The Receptionist is a one-act office comedy, which debuted in New York in 2007, and gives a chance for Studio to showcase smaller, more intimate pieces with its audiences.
The cast features Michelle Ayala (Verona), Debbie Campanali, Michael Gencarelli (West Caldwell), and Kevin Vislocky.
IMAGE, L to R: Michael Gencarelli, Debbie Campanali, Michelle Ayala, Kevin Vislocky. Photo courtesy of John Fraissenet