Chemistry, Age and Care Play Stellar Roles in Scripps Ranch Theatre Season Opener

Heisenberg by Simon Stephens. Currently playing until February 13

A Blog View by Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti

I always appreciate seeing stripped-down theatre pieces where the actors and the performance itself take you through the story.

Scripps Ranch Theatre's season opener Heisenberg is a play with two actors on stage the whole time (75 minutes), with no intermission, in six different scenes. Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle in chemistry is this thing where basically, the more precisely a position is known, the more uncertain the momentum is and vice versa. This was really creatively applied by Simon Stephens. 

Denae Steele and Charlie Riendeau.  Rich Soublet Photography

Husband and wife team Charles and Jenn Peters's work displays how this story was cared for.  Georgie (Denae Steele), is a woman in her early forties and has a 21-year-old son that she has not seen in a while. She comes across Alex (Charlie Riendeau) -a septuagenarian man- in a train station and randomly kisses his neck. Conversations start in a catfishing way, that escalates to a dinner date, sex, and then questioning romance. There are also some blurred lines, or at least they were for me. Lol.  The stage chemistry between Denae and Charlie is tender and engaging. There is adorable rapport, Denae takes care of Charlie who at the same time is such a seasoned actor. It is a whole other "Heisenberg". My only peeve is the shoe selection for Denae. I pay great attention to detail and that lost it for me. Call me trivial.

The drive up to this theatre is very enjoyable and this story is too with food for thought and proof that age is nothing but a number.

Heisenberg is currently running until February 13. For more information go to 



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