Written and directed by Jonathan Shock, this play follows in the footsteps of Zoo Story and No Exit by pairing people in a defined space and letting the existential musings flow. In this case, the pair is John (Beau M.K. Prichard) and Daniel (Brian Sutherland) and the space is a broken elevator. John is essentially an idealist who claims to live every moment of his life to the fullest. Daniels been stuck in the rat race for too long, only to realize that hes missed out on the best things in life. The opposition works well because they hate each other and being stuck in an elevator only intensifies the conflict. Naturally, they reflect on their own lives, ponder the limits of humanity, and fight over a Snickers. The intimate theater and sparse set, consisting of nothing more than the elevator, provide a perfect home for intelligent dialogue and honest characters. The Shaft manages to avoid most philosophical clichés, often by turning them into jokes. The result is a surprisingly funny take on the pointlessness of existence and the desire to create meaning in our lives. NANCY SMITH Presented by Eclectic Theater Company. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Ends May 24.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 9. Continues through May 24, 2008