Harlequins Theatre presents "Safe"

Set in New York City and adult themed, Safe takes the stage at local Harlequins Theatre.
Lori Demres
Jul 31, 2013

Pushed into a vault at gunpoint by bank robbers threatening to kill anyone who makes noise is how Harlequins on Edge play Safe begins.

“It is labeled as a dark comedy but it examines the basic nature of humans in a crisis… how they will react… and it’s not always pretty,” explained director of the play, Phillip W. Johnson.

Want to go?

WHAT: Safe
WHEN: 8 p.m., August 2, 3, 9 and 10 and 2 p.m. August 4 adn 11
WHERE: Harlequins Theatre, 414 Wayne Street, Sandusky
COST: $10 per person
INFO: call 419-626-1157

Harlequins has three plays during their season and then in the summer kids take over and present Kid Kompany and, as of last summer, Harlequins on Edge began in order to delve into more thought provoking theatre or plays that depict a more creative and edgy side to the performing arts.

There are five in the cast and J.P. Vincent is playing tough guy, Truss. It’s his first time playing a bad guy. “It’s new and rejuvenating. It’s a rush and exhilarating,” said Vincent also claiming, “It’s fun to play opposite of who you are.”

Based mostly on Vincent’s tough guy character, Safe is not appropriate for children due to language and content.

Harlequins wants to make that very clear since last summer there were some patrons who didn’t quite get that they should not bring young children although it was repeatedly noted.

Safe is a true character study that takes place during a bank robbery in New York City. Five people in the bank at that time are placed in the vault or safe and are told by the bank robbers that if anyone makes noise they will come back and kill them. “I consider it a marriage of Panic Room and Lord of the Flies,” said Johnson.

The play itself is an examination of ways that five different people cope with crisis – the alliances made, the lies told, and the actions taken. Safe culminates in a twist ending that will force the audience to think about how they might react in similar circumstances.

Dave Burling of Sandusky said, “My character is a very simple blue collar worker. He’s honest, open, and the most pure of heart and moral of the bunch.”

Burling doesn’t want to give away what his character does during the second act but he wants the audience to know that it’s more of a challenge than they might think.