Hey, everyone. Sorry things have been kind of rocky getting off the ground here, and I absolutely promise you a nice, newsy wrap-up of what’s happening here next week, but I would be totally remiss if I didn’t plug the heck out of the two community theatre shows opening this weekend. You seriously should not miss either of these.
Opening This Weekend!
The Skinny: Director Matt Smith brings us this classic drama by William Inge. The play is set in a diner about 30 miles west of Kansas City in early March 1955. A freak snowstorm has halted the progress of the bus, and the eight characters have a weather-enforced layover in the diner from approximately 1 to 5 a.m. Romantic or quasi-romantic relationships ensue. “Bus Stop” original opened on Broadway in 1955. The play was nominated for four Tony Awards.
The Dayton Playhouse production stars Lorrie Sparrow as Grace, Margaret Foley as Elma, Craig Smith as Will, Rick Flynn as Dr. Gerald Lyman, Ellen Ballerene as Cherie, Scott Knisley as Bo, Mike Rouseculp as Virgil and Mark Hassel as Carl.
Tickets: Tickets are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and $10 for students.
Dates: Bus Stop opens 3/16 and runs this weekend and next, closing on 3/25. For more information visit the Dayton Playhouse website at www.thedaytonplayhouse.com
Going To St. Ives
The Skinny: Directed by Greg Smith and starring Katrina Kittle and Marianna Harris this drama by Lee Blessing is the story of what happens when the dignified mother of a ruthless African dictator travels to England to seek treatment for her failing eyesight from a renowned ophthalmologist, who in turn requests a favor. At first glance, it looks like one woman helping another, but each woman brings to the other her true agenda, triggering a profound moral dilemma and a chain reaction of events with great personal and political aftershocks that reveal the truth and its consequence.
It must be pointed out that Ms. Harris is an absolutely last minute step-in for the original actress cast, the delightful Catherine Collins. Due to unfortunate personal circumstances, Ms. Collins is unable to perform the role. I certainly hope we see Catherine onstage again soon!
Tickets: Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $11 for students.
Dates: Going To St. Ives opens 3/16 and runs 3 weekends, closing on 4/1. For more information, visit the Dayton Theatre Guild website at www.daytontheatreguild.org
Ok! I know there’s a lot more going on, and I’ll touch base on everything else this coming week — but i really wanted to get these two in under the wire. Also — coming soon I’m going to be bringing you a feature on an award-winning independent film written, directed and produced by local people, and chock-full of local theatre actors. Stay tuned!