New World Symphony

by Katrina Wilber

ODirected by Charles Bowe

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we pit brother against brother, husband against wife and playwright against director. Such is Charles Bowe’s “New World Symphony.”

Shot on location in Minneapolis, “New World Symphony” deals with back-stabbing double-crossers and a newly-written play called “Gethsemane” that’s kind of based on the Bible but not really.

A young playwright begins an affair with his director’s wife; when the director finds out, he tries to get the playwright and the playwright’s brother/financier to find the guilty party. And by the way, the director and the brother are best friends.

The scenes feel like tennis games; the camera switches back and forth between the characters so fast it’s sometimes hard to keep track of who’s who.

On opening night the director, who thinks he has an idea of what’s going on, changes nearly everything in the play to the chagrin of the playwright, who can do nothing but writhe in agony out in the audience.

After an ultimatum from his brother, the playwright must choose between two things he loves – one that will make him rich and revered and one that can’t offer him anything close to the fame he craves.

His choice may be surprising to some, but then again, it might be just what he had to do.