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REVIEW: "Family Matters" — A World Premier of Two One-Act Plays by David Macaray; STAGEStheatre

A quirky and unique look at what makes families work — and sometimes, what doesn't.

Fullerton CA—STAGEStheatre is proud to present Family Matters, two one-act plays by local playwright David Macaray September 6-22. In keeping with their commitment to present new works, Family Matters marks their second original this season.

STAGEStheatre has enjoyed a wonderful creative relationship with David Macaray and Family Matters is the tenth production of his works produced by STAGEStheatre, all directed by Philip Brickey.

In the first one act, The Affair, Michael and Veronica have been involved in a torrid three-month affair. While it hasn’t been “earth-shaking” it has, up to this point, been adequate.

She is married to a successful physician. He is unmarried, employed as a gardener at the country club where they met. She is bored, cynical and mature. He is childish and suffers from a profound inferiority complex. It’s a comedy.

In the second offering, Megan the Merciless, the year is 1982. Megan, a brilliant but abrasive college professor, author, and social critic returns home after three years to visit her two sisters.

Their father is in India seeking “spiritual renewal,” and their mom is serving a prison term for vehicular manslaughter. Not only does the reunion not go as hoped, but the old adage, “time heals all wounds,” is rendered meaningless.

David Macaray is a prolific writer and playwright whose byline has appeared in the LA Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and New York Press, and is a regular contributor to CounterPunch and The Beckett Monthly.

Director Philip Brickey earned his B.A. in Drama from the University of Arkansas before moving to California in 1993. Philip has directed many plays at STAGEStheatre, the most recent one being the critically acclaimed Murder on the Nile. Philip has been working at STAGEStheatre since 2008 both as an actor and director.

Starring in Family Matters are: Christine Cummings, Jennifer Hawley, Sara LaFramboise, Cameron Murray, RigelKent Paden, KC Marie Pandell, and Nickolas Tanzini.

Tickets for Family Matters are $24.00 and $22.00 for students and seniors. Performances are September 6th through September 22nd, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00. For reservations please visit our website at

About STAGEStheatre: Celebrating its 27th year in business, STAGEStheatre is one of Orange County’s most innovative community theaters. Producing a broad spectrum of contemporary, classic, and original theater that speaks to audiences of all backgrounds. STAGEStheatre provides an arena for new works and to foster the development of those works in a supportive and inspiring workplace.

It produces nearly 15 productions annually, showcasing local playwriting, acting and directing talent. STAGEStheatre is, and will continue to be, dedicated to the development of the artist. It is located at 400 E. Commonwealth in Downtown Fullerton, between Lemon and Balcom.

Chris Daniels

Arts Reviewer

The Show Report



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