Somehow we manage to book plays in waves of similarity. Once we had a “dis-functional families” wave. This weekend, it was plays with six characters on stage, but in which a seventh is brought to life.
In the case of The Summoned, the seventh character is dead and the others have been brought together for the reading of the will. The dead character, know as Khan or Con (the spelling is not discussed and the latter spelling seems more likely) continues to manipulate his friends and family from beyond the grave. He is brought to life through their descriptions and maybe in other ways.
The play provides a history of modern technology and some speculation on future uses of technology. If you are a science fiction reader, this play will appeal to you. If you are a feminist, you get a few nods as well. (Annie, played by Maggie Huculak, did all the work, but got no credit.) If technology drives you crazy, you will enjoy watching Tony Nappo as Quentin, using old tech to ensure security.
Fabrizio Filippo, the author, played Aldous, the young man who may inherit it all.. His girlfriend (or is she?) Isla was played by Rachel Cairns, who demonstrated amazing flexibility, which had nothing to do with the plot but was astounding anyway. Kelli Fox delivered a strong performance as Laura, the lawyer. The characters names are evocative, but not so consistently to be annoying. John Bourgeois as Gary and Alon Nashman as Walkie Talkie rounded out the cast.
It was an enjoyable afternoon at the theatre.