NYC actor • writer • producer • improviser
The evening truly got kicked off when actress/playwright Sam Evans found a bedbug on her sweater, which hilariously segued into a performance art piece where the actress, in a garbage bag and rain boots, destroyed everything in her apartment. Evans was absolutely captivating and had the audience convulsing in their laughter. A highlight of the evening for sure.
The acting is also first-rate... Samantha Evans’s Jane, with a ridiculously tiny bow in her bouffant hairdo, is ditsy and obsessive about cleaning but never out of humor, even when, hair dripping, she’s pouring water out of her wellies.
Samantha Evans is a scream, as she neurotically and obsessively cleans everything in sight.
Samantha Evans (Jane) in Absurd Person Singular at Central Square Theater (Photo by AR Sinclair Photography)
Evans makes Jane into a cleaning fiend and does it with a magnetically engaging smile and diligently optimistic demeanor.
Samantha Evans garners the most empathy in her portrayal of Sweetheart, a local stripper with big Hollywood dreams.
Samantha Evans (Sweetheart) and Cameron Beaty Gosselin (Simon) in Theatre on Fire's Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Photo by Darren Evans)
The minute we hear a Southern accent, most of us give up that hope of seeing a fully developed character on stage. And we expect even less when we know that the accent is coming out of an actress/stripper. But Samantha Evans makes us question our stereotypes by giving us a Sweetheart that is a simple human being and not a simply drawn caricature.