Judy Reyes. Eric McCormack. Maura Tierney. Fran Drescher. At times, the American premiere of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) seems like the dazzling brainchild of May Sweeps. The rest of the time, it’s an entertaining glimpse into the twisted world of a gutless cad masquerading as a do-gooder. “Guy” (get it?) is celebrating his impending marriage... by meeting with four ex-girlfriends. Apologizing years after the fact, he figures, will make things right. Luckily for Guy, curiosity draws his old flames, but the results, naturally, are far from expected.
At its worst, Some Girl(s) is formulaic; at its best, its lines are sharp and its actors brilliant. Brooke Smith is raw and wholesome as Guy’s highschool sweetheart and Drescher, Reyes and Tierney deliver performances that contrast the roles they’re known for; Drescher’s coolly predatory professor purrs when one expects her to bleat and Reyes is scintillating as a sultry party girl. Tierney’s sharp, confident characterization is especially refreshing after her frustratingly dour turn on ER (pick me, Dr. Luka, pick me!). McCormack is still very much in Will & Grace mode, the difference in his portrayal being that Guy kisses women. But he’s engaging and effective — the boyish grin and wincing that made him adorable as big gay Will work quite well when playing conniving, spineless Guy.
There are twists, of course. There is also the potential for bitterness upon hearing some of Guy’s regrettably familiar speeches. Take heart, ladies; in the end, they’re almost always just some guy.