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Page 8 POST-GAZETFE, DECEMBER 12, 2014 Eastie' s Elves Fundraiser A Big Success Again by Sal Giarratani REVIEW: "Necessary Monsters" A Little Noir, A Little Slasher, A Little Children's Television, A Little Whatever You See In It SpeakEasy Stage Company -- Through January 3rd "Necessary Monsters" now playing at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End is a bit of a puzzle at first. Author John Kuntz compares it with Russian nesting dolls as it consists of a number of stories that all live inside one another. At first I was a bit lost as I watched this play, which takes place in a cage. I knew we were on an air- plane, then watching in as a couple were on a first date. From there it moved on to scenes from Film Noir, then on to a slasher movie and even a children's TV show. Sound a bit confusing? Throw in being at a wake where the decedent comes alive while those in attendance fall dead as she talks about her life, and you might think this is all to- tal madness But it begins to make sense as stories do connect to one another. It also can make sense to each member of the audience in different ways. Even Mr. Kuntz, who also is excellent playing the roles of Theo and Stephen, says he is still finding new things in it. The use of double characters is wonder- fully done, and Kuntz, along with director David R. Gammons, have even included the audience in this doubling as the perfor- mance takes place in the middle of the the- atre with the playgoers on each side. This mirroring effect is very powerful as we all get to see not only the players, but the reac- tions of those opposite us. It also really comes together when as we see the con- nection between the double characters the actors are playing. This is a play that will keep you thinking even after you have left the theatre. I know I am still playing it through in my mind. The cast is very strong, and I have to men- tion the incredible performance by Thomas Derrah who plays Greer, the dead woman who rises up at her wake. Mr. Derrah has to lie fiat on his back throughout most of the play, but at midpoint he rises up to give an amazing monologue that is both side splittingly funny yet very sad and touching. His performance was totally engrossing and it was wonderful to watch such a skilled ac- tor at work. This is a difficult play to describe, but it is one worth seeing as there is never a dull moment in it. I have written before about how sad it is that new and original works are so seldom staged in the larger theatres. So many plays today are based on movies or TV shows that are rewritten for the stage and have celeb- rities in the starring roles. We have to be thankful for stage companies such as SpeakEasy who are willing to give us the chance to see new and interesting work. We are also blessed to have playwrights such as John Kuntz who continue to pro- duce such thought provoking and original work. Theatre is alive and well in the smaller venues around the city. Necessary Monsters. Directed by David R. Gammons. From the mind of John Kuntz. ~With Thomas Derrah, McCaela Donovan, Stacy Fischer, Evelyn Howe, John Kuntz, Georgia Lyman, Greg Maraio, and Michael Underhill. The IIth annual Eastie's Elves Fundraiser, a new East Boston tradition, once again drew over 500 "elves" on Fri- day, December 5 th at the Hyatt Boston Harbor. As al- ways, the price of admission was one unwrapped toy that will help families struggling to survive make sure their kids get toys from Santa. This annual fundraiser was started by Senator Anthony Petruccelli while he was still a state representative. L-R: Miss Teen Massachu- setts-U.S. '14 Nina Murray and Ms. Massachusetts U.S. '14 Cyndal Maria Todd "Cuginos" from Winthrop, Richie and Kayla Petruc- celli seemed to be having a great time. Like last year, Christmas carols were sung by the East Boston Central Catholic Choir, a great holiday meal was served and music by DJ Damien Margardo and all in attendance knew they were helping a great cause. L-R: Sheila, Maria and Anthony Del Vecchino of East Boston. -I- oul l (]ncl Woreq ... Have Spinelli's Cater Your Holiday Parties 282 Benn nqto. Stred, [:ast I oston q Telepl one 617-567-1992 i:ax 611-561-5150 Ring in the New Year at SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Lynnfield Call for reservations 781-592-6400 Happy Ho//days The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each I~n: Sal Giarratani, Pamela M' Anderson, EUe Baker and Andie Janota. Mattg, o Iio For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please I ( Approisols I P.O. BOX 135. I 376 North Street Boston, MA02] 13 BOSTON, MA 02113 I (6] 7) 523-2] oo Fox (017) 523-3530 Attn: Legal Notices I