The corporate world is ever evolving, changing at a dizzying pace and a challenge for anyone caught in a position of authority. If the buck stops here, at your desk, than the ability to adjust to the winds of progress can be daunting. Take, for example, Richard, the head of a small, struggling travel agency who is velcroed to his trusty business beliefs: a strong team, company loyalty and good old-fashioned trust. To meet Richard and a trio of his employees, look no further than Steven Levinson's "Core Values," a corporate comedy, presented by Square One Theatre Company weekends until Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Stratford Academy, 719 Birdseye Street, Stratford.
David Victor's Richard is akin to Sisyphus pushing a giant rock uphill. He does not realize how close he is to being crushed by the boulderof competition, in a world he can no longer control. in the spirit of building enthusiasm and improving work skills, he has invited his work staff to a weekend retreat. Like a cheer leader, he is trying to inspire company loyalty with Nancy (Danielle Sultini) who is so pre-occupied with the problems at home and with her marriage that work is way down on her list of priorities, the IT tech guy Todd (Jim Buffone) who is dissatisfied with his lot and in busy shopping for greener (as in money) pastures and the new girl Eliot (Lynnette Victoria) who is literally lost as the job is unbelievably confusing. Her eye rolls and comic facial expressions are priceless.