by Marley MorrisIn Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?’ Martin (Will Robertson), an intelligent, wealthy New Yorker with a wife and son (Stevie and Billy, played respectively by Sarah Nerger and Tom Coates), falls in love with a goat. Somewhat surprisingly, however, this is perhaps not the most shocking revelation that Albee has in store for us, in what becomes a play that discusses most of the major taboos, including incest, pedophilia, and, of course, bestiality. It is clear from the start that Guy Levin’s production seeks to highlight the contrast between Martin’s secret and the otherwise normal, settled lives of his family. We watch as Martin’s pleasant home life is brutally destroyed by his inability to set firm boundaries on his idea of love. The stage – set up originally in the style of a tidy, unexceptional family home – is slowly torn apart by Stevie’s reaction to her husband’s sordid explanations, culminating in the final bloody tragedy of the play. And although on many occasions the situation is laughable – at one point Martin recounts his experience of going to a meeting equivalent to Alcoholics Anonymous, but for people who commit bestiality – it is rarely light-hearted; a strong feeling of discontent runs through the entire play. Robertson’s performance, however, is not one that lends much sympathy to Martin’s character. His speech is disjointed and faltering throughout, clearly in an attempt to show that Martin seems to be on a different plane of thinking when compared with his friend Ross’ (Max Seddon) steady realism. Although this works on some level, it can be a little frustrating for the audience (as well as Stevie), and it is hard not to feel that more could be done with the role. Seddon, too, is not quite able to pull off his character’s hard-headed nature, making his betrayal of Martin feel a little out of the blue. With Nerger, on the other hand, we see a much more believable performance: in particular, her scream of agony after being confronted with another detail of Martin’s secret, followed by the casual remark “go on”, works wonderfully. In fact, for the most part this production brings across the key ideas of the play successfully: we are not just treated to a barrage of taboos, but are asked to question whether certain kinds of love should be permitted or prohibited. The word play is also delivered nicely – when Martin describes the first time he met Sylvia, at the “top of a hill”, both Ross and Stevie separately correct it to “crest”, each in an inappropriately pedantic manner. Yet at times the pace of the production slows, and the rhythm of the dialogue can feel a little artificial. There are some scenes which could do with a little more energy, particularly in a play that is fairly static as a whole. Overall, however, the production is a successful one, which gives the audience a lot to be shocked at, as well as much to think about.The Goat runs at the OFS through November 3rd at 7:30 pm, with a 2:30 pm Saturday matinee.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The True CostThis groundbreaking documentary about clothes, those who make them and the industry’s worldwide impact asks viewers to consider who really pays the price for our clothing. Screening followed by panel discussion. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7 p.m. April 7.John WaiteThe British rocker best known for his 1984 hit “Missing You” takes his Wooden Heart Accoustic Tour on the road with an intimate evening of songs, stories and Q&As, featuring The Axemen, Tim Hogan and Mark Ricciardi. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$70. 8 p.m. April 7.Duke RobillardThe legendary blues guitarist, singer, bandleader, songwriter and producer brings his special groove to Long Island in support of his current CD, “The Acoustic Blues & Roots of Duke Robillard,” released last September. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8:30 p.m. April 8.Legends of Old SchoolA trip down hip hop memory lane with Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Rakim. The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20, $30 DOS. 9 p.m. April 8.Citizen CopeAn intimate solo acoustic performance featuring the soulful, genre-defying sounds of Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood. This singer/songwriter/music producer whose songs have been recorded by Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and the late Richie Havens will be performing his own compositions. Opening the show will be Victoria Reed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$66. 9 p.m. April 8.Taste of Flight Wine and Food FestWine, artisanal food trucks, Long Island’s top chefs and local dessert masters, all under one roof! Can you handle it? Come hungry and thirsty–and you’ll leave fulfilled. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $25-$50. 6 p.m. April 9.Mock The VoteWashington D.C.-based satirists The Capitol Steps lampoon Obama, Hillary Clinton, the GOP presidential hopefuls and more. As people say, after you see The Capitol Steps, you’ll realize that the opposite of progress…is Congress. Imagine the First Amendment set to four-part harmony and you’ll get a sense of their take on the issues of our day. You’ll laugh at their clever parodies and their music is right on the mark, too. Not to be missed. patchoguetheatre.org $27. 8 p.m. April 9.PusciferWhen the enigmatic Maynard James Keenan isn’t the frontman for prog-rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, fans can find him performing for his solo act, touring to promote the third album, Money Shot, released in October. Opening the show is Luchafer. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. April 9.Walshy FireMember of the LA-based electronic group Major Lazer, Walshy Fire will get the dance party started. The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com Free. 10 p.m. April 9.It’s More Expensive to Do NothingThis documentary exposes the side of criminal justice left out of popular TV shows such as Cops and Law & Order: revolving door prison institutionalization, the complexities of remediation and programs that have worked to help nonviolent ex-offenders succeed after release. Panel discussion to follow screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 10 a.m. April 10.JourneysAn opening reception will be held for Huntington artist Constance Wain’s solo exhibit, which includes collages and art created in mixed media. b.j. spoke gallery, 299 Main St., Huntington. bjspokegallery.com Free. 2 p.m. April 10.Internal BleedingThis local death metal quintet are the self-described pioneers of slam, a heavy, groove-laden style of death-core. Warming up the crowd are Thracian, In Lucid Dreams, Path We Choose and Aegresco. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. April 10.Esperanza SpaldingThis stunningly talented Grammy-winning singer-composer-bassist performs her newest project, “Emily’s D+Evolution,” which she describes as “live musical vignettes.” She’s a true artist and we’re lucky to have her. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $31-$86. 7 p.m. April 10.Eric PaslayAt 15, Eric Paslay wrote his first song. The rest, as they say, is history. Whether he’s penning number-one hits for Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum, or captivating listeners with his own tunes, Eric Paslay is rocking the country music world with his soul-searching lyrics and on-stage charm. No longer the guy behind the scenes, Paslay has taken center stage with last year’s eponymous record. With so much radio airplay, “Friday Night” is sure to be a singalong and “Song About a Girl” will have everyone on their feet. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20-$25. 7 p.m. April 10.Take 6 and Manhattan TransferThese two a-cappella groups will show how varied the genre can be. Alabama-based Take 6 performs gospel while New York City-based Manhattan Transfer sings jazz fusion and pop. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com 7 p.m. April 10.Brenda JanowitzThis highly regarded local author will be speaking and signing copies of her fifth novel, The Dinner Party, a delicious new work of scintillating fiction. Janowitz, a graduate of Cornell and Hofstra Law School, has been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post and Salon, to name a few venues. If you’re nice, maybe she’ll tell you what’s cooking in her popular book, “Recipes for a Happy Life.” Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. April 12.Belinda CarlisleThis LA-based darling diva, best known as the former frontwoman of The Go-Go’s, is touring in advance of the release of her first new solo album in nearly a decade. She’ll surely sing some Go-Go’s hits, such as “Mad About You”, “I Get Weak” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” Hey, one thing’s for sure, Belinda’s Go-Go never got up and went. She’s still got it going on, if you can keep up with her, that is. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$75. 8 p.m. April 12.Just Eat ItThis documentary follows food lovers Jen and Grant, who expose the billions of dollars of food wasted on the trip from farm to fork. A meaty issue, indeed, and timely too, considering the hundreds of thousands of people going hungry every day on Long Island. A panel discussion follows the screening. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. April 13.Ace FrehleyHere’s an interesting tidbit for fans of Ace Frehley, the Kiss guitarist: on his newest album, Space Invaders, his fiance, Rachael Gordon, wrote the lyrics to two songs, “Change” and “Immortal Pleasures.” When this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer storms into town to promote the album, he’s sure to bust out both songs. Prepare to “rock and roll all night” as one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time brings his brand of far-out music to our little corner of the planet. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $27.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. April 13.