Two former lovers escape to a romantic hideaway with so much pretense, it would make your head spin in the short film, It’s Been Too Long.
A bottle of wine, rose petals, and lit candles create a romantic setting as Chaneil (David Ebert) and Bufinda (Krista Jensen) burst through the doors of an out-of-the-way rustic hotel room. Once former lovers, the two walked down different paths since last they met as the evening brings the two together to rekindle old passions.
With no intention of getting it on and every intention of getting it on, the teasing and innuendo commence. The pair reminisce about the last time they were together years ago…the beach club in Nova Scotia or the penny slots at the Reno airport. Conversation then moves to the lovers they’ve taken since then and ends in passionate confessions of past wrongs and hidden secrets.
“…a satire of the over-the-top verbal foreplay from the worst soap operas and romance films of long ago.”
It’s Been Too Long is a seven-minute professionally-produced comedy sketch written by Ebert and Jenson and directed by Amber Schaefer. It’s essential a satire of the over-the-top verbal foreplay from the worst soap operas and romance films of long ago. The pace is fast, and the dialogue is insane and cleverly written. The performances are brilliant, and the timing is tight.
I wasn’t surprised to read that It’s Been Too Long was initially a comedic sketch created at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. It translates well from the black box theater setting to an actual lodge where the story takes place. The best way to experience the short is with a live audience as the infectious laughter of others will induce the laugh-out-loud reactions you may not get watching at home.
"…...no intention of getting it on and every intention of getting it on..."