Mystery, Memory Loss, and Murder

This weekend, thousands of American men and women will wake up next to someone they don’t recognize, with no memory of how they got there. They’ll pull on their clothes, exchange dismal pleasantries, and dart back to their respective lives with hangovers and new regrets.

A Body of Water, opening today at the Mosaic Theatre (12200 W. Broward Blvd., Building 3000, Plantation), is about just such amnesia. It’s morning in a hillside villa surrounded by ocean. A middle-aged couple stirs awake. Dumbfounded, they can’t recall their own names or each other’s; they know nothing of the house. The mystery deepens when a woman purporting to be their defense attorney enters the bedroom and reminds them that they’re on trial for homicide. The ensuing existential crisis would titillate Jean-Paul Sartre to the core of his being and nothingness. A Body of Water, by Lee Blessing, won the 2006 Steinberg New Play Award, for what it’s worth. Ken Clement, one of South Florida theater’s premier actors, headlines Mosaic’s production. It’s sure to be a really splendid head-spin – and a valuable reminder to the public that alcohol-induced hook-ups lead only to the Void. The show starts 8 p.m. Tickets cost $32 or less. Call 954-577-8243, or visit
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 8. Continues through May 31, 2008

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Penn Bullock