2008-12-24 / News

Office not all rosy in'The Receptionist'

Timothy John Smith as Martin and Janice Duclos as Beverly in "The Receptionist" by Adam Bock, directed by Curt Columbus. The play runs through Jan. 11. Photo by Mark Turek Timothy John Smith as Martin and Janice Duclos as Beverly in "The Receptionist" by Adam Bock, directed by Curt Columbus. The play runs through Jan. 11. Photo by Mark Turek Trinity Rep's latest offering of "The Receptionist" is described by director Curt Columbus as "TV's 'The Office' meets 'The Twilight Zone'."

One could also say that George Orwell's "1984" comes alive in 2008.

Whatever the analogy, "The Receptionist" is good entertainment. Writer Adam Bock has created a black comedy that introduces the audience to the average American business office, complete with all the water-cooler employee banter that we all recognize. But as the plot moves along, dark overtones emerge. By the end of the play, there's a frightening sense that our every day reality may not be what it seems.

Be careful what you say at the office.

— Jeff McDonough

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