July 6, 2015
Print journalism is a dying form and it’s being replaced by a fast-paced, shift-changing technology. Facts are opinions, and best practices cower under public “hits” while people drill away in cubicles desperate for “trending” attention.
Gloria, written by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, steers the audience through a dark view of collegial competition and despair. Stretched out over a two-year period, the characters all work in the culture section of a magazine striving to stay relevant. Jobs are marked by limited compensation, and great ambitions. Witty zingers refresh the dialogue bandied about by office mates Dean (Ryan Spahn), Ani (Catherine Combs), Kendra (Jennifer Kim) and the newcomer intern Miles (Kyle Beltran).
Handily directed by Evan Cabnet at the Vineyard Theater, the frequently irksome characters reveal aspects of the high-adrenalin community they inhabit constantly circling questions of accountability and truth. In this combustible atmosphere, a tragedy occurs--one of gruesome proportions. The play picks up two-years later on the human consequences.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis