A Walk in the Park: Stanley Dyrector
Sometimes events happen by chance and life can throw you an interesting curve as Jack learns when he decides to take a walk in a park. His past comes into the present as Stanley Dyrector once again creates a play with humor, a touch of interplay between two seniors and the unexpected ending that you surely make you smile and renew your own definition of friendship and love.
While walking in the park Jack notices an elderly woman sitting on a bench hoping to just enjoy the day yet sad because of events that caused her and many others distress. All too often owners of buildings try to evict or force out those who are under the guise of rent control, like my mom was before she passed, and hopefully convince them to move by offering them some ridiculous amount of money and incentives in order to get other tenants and triple of even more quadruple the rent. Greed, profits, deceptions and lies reign and definite force tactics might make some succumb to their threats but not Esther the woman Jack meets by chance and who airs her feelings and just talking to him might make things better. Poor Esther at her age needs to adjust to what others want to inflict on her.
Esther is at first taken aback when Jack approaches her but that does not stop him. She has been contemplating her fate and feeding the pigeons. Distracted for a moment with finishing her task she is startled when Jack decides to sit down next to her and continue a conversation. Whether it’s her sense of humor or proper deportment, she expresses this sentiment to him:
Ah ha! Aren’t we a bit old Mister to do this make-believe hanky panky?
Wow. That’s a first for me. I guess I look like kinda of a goofy pick up con-artist. I’m not
No. You sound like an educated man. I’m impressed. But no.”
Wanting to know if her name is Esther or Essie strikes a chord with both, but you won’t believe how or why. Added in she relates her woes with her landlord and his desire to rid himself of her and many others. Jack is seriously appalled. Fighting these people might work to a point but the final outcome remains to be seen but the dialogue created by author and director, Stanley Dyrector is filled will humor, hilarity and the final outcome is quite compelling as Esther thinks her daughter hired him to put her away in a home and the interaction that follows will endear you to Jack. Apology for bothering her yet other cute phrases to follow he asks if they knew each other in the past and the responses well you must read them for yourself.
Recounting his life in the past as a taxi driver he relates a story about a passenger who that asked to be taken on a street near Melrose. She lived alone was that her? Her response was unique, and she might be close to 90 but she is sharp and thinks fast. So, he helps her bring the packages upstairs and he relates his story about this woman in the past that he loved, and the ending will keep you wondering what might be next for Esther and Jack and just who was this woman he loved? Well the only way you will find out is to take the walk in the park along with Jack and Esther. Sometimes the simplest encounter can lead to a new journey in your life and much more. Once again Stanley Dyrector raises the bar and he too reminds us through Jack and Esther age is a number that really is just affixed to our birth certificates but really it’s our hearts, mindset and energy and our drive to move and stay young that keeps Jack and others on their journeys to finding new adventures, people in their lives as you too might find someone special just take that Walk in the Park.
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