An Unhappy Woman was first produced in 1997 by Moving Arts in Los Angeles, and the title role of Gayle was played by Robin Johnson. It ran from July 11 through August 31 at Moving Arts in Los Angeles. Julio Martinez reviewed it in the Thursday, August 7, 1997 Variety:
... the six-member cast works very hard to bring some credibility to these goings-on but are ultimately defeated by Folie's pseudo-comic book adventures that neutralize the impact of a truly captivating character... Played to the acid-tongued, misanthropic hilt by [Robin] Johnson (the popular traffic reporter on KFWB News Radio), Gayle is a self-admitted "raging bitch on wheels" who keeps the world at bay with her lacerating tongue and ready trigger finger. She is totally unprepared for the gentle, soft-spoken Hank (the wonderfully understated Richard Ruyle), who sails right over her barbed wire demeanor and into her heart. The interplay between the two is hilarious, as Hank woos, wines, dines and beds her much to Gayle's bewildered consternation. She simply has no defenses against someone like him. Unfortunately, the romantic adventures of Gayle and Hank then get completely obliterated by the playwright's sojourn into a U.S. government plot to control its disgruntled citizenry with a genetically engineered happiness drug...
-- That last part seems to be the actual point, and plot, of the play. For some reason, Mr. Martinez seems to have wanted less story and more Robin :)
The play was "was nominated for two L. A. Weekly Theatre Awards," 1 and in April 1998, Robin won The LA Weekly Theater Award for Leading Female Performance. 2 The award was also noted in the April 22, 1998 Playbill. 3
Many thanks to Richard Ruyle for providing the clippings displayed here.
Prior to these, I had to rely on New Jersey Repertory Company's 2001 revival of the play to get an idea of what it was about. That page can still be seen here.
(The play has since been retitled by its author "Love in the Insecurity Zone.")
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Thanks again Binky for finding the Variety review.
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