MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH "THE CONSULTANT"


BONNIE GOLDBERG

A sign of maturity is seeking help when you have a problem so, hopefully, a solution can be found. Depending on your age, and needs, the resolution may be relatively easy or impossibly complex. For Jun Suk, the stakes are pretty high. His job as a designer for a pharmaceutical advertising company is hanging by a thin thread. To get a quick fix, it is advised he hire a consultant.

For a glimpse into Jun Suk's dilemma, attend the world premiere of Heidi Schreck's "The Consultant" holding office hours at Long Wharf Theatre's Stage II until Sunday, February 9.

On a slick contemporary office set designed by Andrew Boyce, we meet Tania (Cassie Beck), a dissatisfied receptionist who may or may not have an office romance going with Mark (Darren Goldstein), a chief member of the advertising team.

Layoffs have trimmed the staff and it is extremely important that Jun Suk's (Nelson Lee) presentation to a new client be perfect. Unfortunately, his latest best efforts were a disaster and he literally crashed and burned on takeoff. For this critical offering, he must be letter perfect, hence, the arrival of the consultant, a 22-year-old graduate student, Amelia (Clare Barron) at New York University whose advice comes straight from a textbook.

Will she, as inexperienced as she is, inject the right dose of confidence into her client? Will Tania and Mark make a commitment in the love department? Has Barbara (Lynne McCullough), one of the first employees to get a pink slip, returned to the company seeking her old job back? Kip Fagan, who is married to the playwright, directs this inter-office memo of a play with a white gloved hand.

For tickets ($40-70), call the Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharf.org. Performances are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Discover along with Jun Suk the unexpected consequences when he engages Amelia, the consultant, to fix his corporate problems.

 

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