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Bluefish Cove the perfect destination for LGBT audience

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Last Summer at Bluefish Cove
Richard Hugo House
Through August 1


Some people's idea of "Lesbian heaven" might be a resort town where everyone is Lesbian. In the play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, mounted by transplanted company Woman Seeking& at Richard Hugo House, that's exactly what Bluefish Cove is: a summer retreat that has been taken over for the past 30 years by Lesbians. Everyone in "town" (wherever that is) knows this and is apparently extremely comfortable with the situation, even though it's roughly 1980.

Jane Chambers, the playwright, was celebrated for her playwriting and also her poetry. Her poems can be found in Gay and Lesbian Poetry of Our Times. She received many awards for her writing before her death in 1983.

Here, she writes about a group of Lesbians who have been coming for several years to this haven. They are mostly "coupled up," but Lil (Eleanor Moseley) is not very monogamous, so she's there on her own this summer. No one expects that situation to stay that way for very long.

Enter Eva (Christine Mosere), on the verge of a divorce from a man, has rented a cottage where she has promised she won't have to worry about men. She meets Lil on the common beach, and before Lil knows Eva's sexual preference, Lil has invited Eva over to meet the other residents, and then can't quite take it back. For almost all of the other Lesbians, the idea of Eva discovering they are all Lesbian is not a big deal. But Dr. Kitty Cochrane (Laura Kenny) is not out. In fact, she's a best-selling "feminist" author who writes advice books on relationships and empowering women. So, Kitty is extremely concerned about possibly losing her credibility, and therefore income, if she's outed.

The group has another concern: Lil has been struggling with cancer and they want to have a carefree summer with her. It may be her last and they want it to be fun. Lil's best friend Annie (Nikki Visel) is partnered with Rae (Kate Szyperski), Kitty is with Rita (Jesica Avellone), and Sue (Susan Connors) stays with Donna (Kayti Barnett) - even though Donna is a self-centered bitch, and a few other names.

On opening night, the play's presentation started off a little rocky, with actors not really inside the characters for a while, but that is likely opening-night jitters. As they got going, they showed what they can really do, giving solid and heartfelt performances. Mosere was particularly affecting as Eva. She was very credible as a scared '80s housewife who is all of a sudden on her own, and naïve about life. Moseley as Lil seems made for the role, tall and lanky and self-confident and stubborn.

While their attraction at the start wasn't very clear, eventually the chemistry between them was palpable and they made a great couple on stage. The script calls for Eva to very quickly go from scared woman to assured "new Lesbian," which you just have to overlook. You also have to take it on faith that Lil can feel monogamous love for the first time in her life. There are a few holes in the script like that. But most of the dialogue is wonderfully fresh and real, and you have to be amazed at how much of it sounds like it could be 2009, even though it was written almost 30 years ago!

The beach house and beach conjure up the coastal getaway, designed by Dan Gomez. You can almost hear the seagulls. This is one production that is perfect for SGN's LGBT readership to see and support. You can probably guess the sad ending, but you'll like spending this summer with the women in Bluefish Cove. For more information, go to www.brownpapertickets.com, but all tickets are donation only.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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