Standing Ovation Marks Opening for West Coast Premiere of "The Roommate"

Tania Thompson
 | Jan 09, 2017
Linda Gehringer, Martin Benson, Jen Silverman, Tessa Auberjonois

Actor Linda Gehringer, director Martin Benson, playwright Jen Silverman and actor Tessa Auberjonois at the First Night of The Roommate.

On Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, the two-person cast of Jen Silverman’s play, The Roommate, earned cheers and a standing ovation from First Night audience members. The crowd had seen that, as character Robyn says, “There’s a great liberty in being bad.”

Silverman’s characters tugged at the heart, brought laughs and more. Bronx transplant Robyn (Tessa Auberjonois) and Sharon (Linda Gehringer) were opposites who came together, tussled, had some interesting fun times, learned and then charted new courses for their lives.

Founding Artistic Director Martin Benson directed this lyrical production, with much appreciation from theatregoers.

The First Night celebration moved to the Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar (co-sponsor of the Cast Party) at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel for some Midwest- and Iowa-inspired treats—possibly something that Sharon could’ve whipped up in her kitchen. Partygoers sampled hors d’oeuvres that included fried chicken and waffle skewers with maple aioli and even upscale deviled eggs.

Mouths watered and appetites were satisfied with heartland staples such as meatloaf, chicken pot pie, vegetable potpie, mashed-potato martinis and buttermilk-rosemary biscuits (complete with gravy, honey and apple butter. Yum!

 And here’s another way home-cooked goodness found its way to the party: brownies done three ways (fudge, sea-salt caramel and blondies) and warm apple turnovers, topped with whipped cream. Delectable!

From the bar, the popular signature drink was another heartland-inspired creation: the Midwest Mule, a mix of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale, with a twist of line, served over ice.

Said First Nighter David Krajanowski: “I didn't expect to laugh as much as I did at a play about two women roommates. It was well-written and the scene with the women smoking (especially based on our new California law) was a favorite!”