How would you reflect on your life if doomsday arrived? That’s the premise of Judgment Day, which centers on six men and two women as the end-time approaches. The very talented Donald Corren plays them all; using only basic props and costumes (glasses, a baseball cap), he successfully gives each character a distinct voice and physicality. But Maria S. Schlatter’s script doesn’t fully develop most of them, and I left wanting to know more about their stories. (Half of them don’t even address the fact that everyone’s about to die.) My favorite character—an effervescent, charming socialite who talks about vaginal plastic surgery while sipping a glass of wine—appears only once; by contrast, we get far too much of a dislikable guy in a psychiatrist’s office. (His crass and unfunny catchphrase—“Fuck me up the ass with a…”—is repeated multiple times, leaving Mr. Corren to work hard for a laugh.) Although the piece has potential, Schlatter would be wise to flesh out the characters that work and send the others packing. In its current form, Judgment Day provokes less dread about the end of the world than eagerness for the end of the play.—Valerie David
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