Don’t ‘Ring’ the bell

Linda Armstrong | 2/23/2017, 12:38 p.m.
Have you ever gone to a show and found yourself interested yet confused as to what was happening?
Left to right: Katie Kleiger, George Merrick, William Connell, Talia Thiesfield Russ Rowland

Have you ever gone to a show and found yourself interested yet confused as to what was happening? Well, that’s what I felt when I watched Alan Hruska’s new play, “Ring Twice for Miranda,” at New York City Center Stage II. The audience is introduced to a chambermaid named Miranda and a butler named Elliott. They work for a rich, powerful man named Sir. He runs the district and decides everything regarding the lives of the people who live there.

It seems that some type of disaster has occurred in the world, which has caused a shortage of food, gas and other everyday things. The streets are abandoned and people are desperate. Miranda and Elliott were safe as long as they were in Sir’s home, but once Sir decides to fire Elliott, Miranda quits and leaves to support him. Once outside they find it hard to try to survive. Sir sends Felix, a plumber, to bring Miranda back. She only agrees to return if Elliott can also come. Once she goes back to Sir, she has mixed feelings. Although she realizes that Sir missed her, she also realizes that he doesn’t have any feelings or compassion for her or anyone else. She comes to the final realization that she is just a puppet on a string and doesn’t like it, but what choice does she have because there is no

surviving outside?

This production is one of those plays where you sit there and wonder why such a play was written and what its message and purpose are supposed to be.

Although watching the play was interesting, I really don’t feel like I benefited from the experience in any way. I believe that going to a play should make you feel enlightened, educated, moved or uplifted, and this play doesn’t make you feel any of those things. It just leaves you pondering,

“What was that about?”

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