With a title like The Bridge
Club, you might think you are going to see a play about the popular card
game. But this production has nothing to do with games. This play presents
a very serious topic. Playwright Richard Raskind's background seems
incongruous with the subject matter since his career has been involved in
television shows, mostly comedy and other light works such as Family Ties,
Coach Webster, Fantasy Island, Crazy Like a Fox, to name but a very few.
The bridge, in this case, is the
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. which is represented by the set (Dave
Blass) on the stage of The Deaf West Theatre. Jack (Christopher Franciosa),
a young man arrives at the Bridge and makes a phone call to his girlfriend
Ginny (Vesna Tolomanoska) of ten years, explaining to her that he has just
gotten the bad news that his cancer has recurred, that he has about one
more year to live at most, and leaves a parting message.
But before he can make the final
gesture, a young woman (Sue played by Nancy Dobbs Owen), with similar
plans, meets him on the Bridge. The two converse, and argue with one
another over their reasons for wanting to end their lives. Eventually,
Jack meets Harold (Shelly Kurtz) and Sebastian (Andrew Villarreal) on the
Bridge as well, all of whom influence Jack in his final decision.