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Capture Now: Brotherly Love Off B'way

Oscar E Moore from the rear mezzanine for Talk Entertainment.com

How do you capture now? Will I ever meet everybody? Am I gonna die? These are just some of the questions that Ace – the four year old brother of Elijah asks of him in this new one man show - CAPTURE NOW - which has just opened at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street. Written and performed by Josh Jonas - Elijah is 13 years older than Ace and doesn’t know the answers himself but it gets him to thinking. And wondering. And coming up with some answers.

We know right off that Ace is doomed to die – Elijah tells us so in the opening minutes of this 85 minute performance. He also tells us that he loved his kid brother and that he is going to try to share that love with us – the audience. The scenes between the two are really good – well written, sometimes humorous as when Ace is asked to join Elijah and his date –“ the glowing Puerto Rican”, Jessica and she is more interested in Ace than Elijah and sometimes aimed to tug at our heart strings as when Ace’s headaches turn out to be a brain tumor that is quickly killing him.

Sometimes in these solo shows the actor accomplishes that rare feat of becoming all the characters – with a different tilt of the head or change in body language or change in tone of voice or making use of the ubiquitous imaginary cigarette. Josh Jones partially succeeds. He is at his best as Elijah and Ace. As his parents, his teachers, girl friends and matriarch of the local Long Island diner - less so.

Ace is introduced early on to rock music by his big brother. And he loves it so much that he wants to be a rock star. And throughout the play we hear snippets of songs that I’m afraid were lost on me. I’m not a fan of rock music and perhaps that’s one reason I didn’t connect fully with the story of Ace and Elijah. As Ace remarks – “It’s really loud. It’s scary.”

Larry Moss, the director, has Josh all over the intimate space - eventually coming back, always, to a stool stage center. It’s a well paced performance but the play never “clicked” for me – it never rises above the “let me tell you a story” aspect. Never becomes totally compelling. I cared very much for Ace. And the close relationship between the two brothers. Elijah is so happy with the news of his mom’s pregnancy and when his parents are trying to find a suitable Jewish name – Elijah comes up with Ace. And Ace is accepted with open arms and treated as an equal. Ace is quite the guy. As is Elijah. The play however, fails to ignite.

www.capturenowtheplay.com Photo: Carol Rosegg