2, 9, 16
1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15
We often ask whether everything would be better if women were in charge instead of men. This play tries to answer that question in the most hilarious of manners. In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings (women this time) plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room.
Once they've decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, a disney mothers encounter group, older women exploring modern human sexuality, sisters trying to reconnect at their grandmother's funeral, a man and a woman together in a country-western bar, or in bed with regrets and doubts.
With boundless humor, PARALLEL LIVES reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods—or in this case, goddesses.
A Comedy By Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy