Tea For Three

Byam Stevens + Tea For Three
Thursday, September 29 th, 2016 at 00:09 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Byam Stevens
Starring:
Elaine Bromka
Genre:
One Person Play
Theme:
America, Family, Government, Women

Tea For Three is a one woman show that deals with Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. It stars Elaine Bromka and is written by Eric Weinberger. This is one of those things that I suppose it helps if you didn’t know who the first ladies were. I thought the writing was brilliant, I thought it encapsulated the role of the First Lady and the times and the Presidency. Since it only runs 70 minutes, and there are three women and three portrayals, 20 minutes or so each is just a thumbnail sketch of all these Presidencies. The problem, I think, is the performance. One person shows are always remarkable, and there are the issues of endurance, but other than the changing of the wigs it all looked the same to me. Given the fact that I had actually met one of the First Ladies and had been aware of the other two, I didn’t think the portrayals at all captured the personalities of the women they were supposed to portray. I thought, again, the writing was terrific, but I don’t know why it didn’t work. I guess what I would have preferred is three different women playing the three different roles, so you would have the sense that they were different women, because I didn’t get that sense; other than from the words themselves. So, for the writing I’d give it four stars, for the performance two, so on average I give it three stars.

Joy Meter