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Playhouse Creatures | A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To The Forum | Middletown | Medea

Playhouse Creatures
- October 4, 5 and 11, 12, 13   
by April De Angelis

The year is 1669, a bawdy and troublesome time in England. Theaters have just
reopened after seventeen years of Puritan suppression and the new king permits,
for the first time, actresses to appear on stage. Audiences often come more to gawk
at the female display than to appreciate dramatic talent.  Focusing on five of the
most famous of these "playhouse creatures", the play provides a moving and often
comic account of the precarious lives of Restoration actresses as they struggle
for recognition and a new role for women.


A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum - November 15, 16 and 22, 23, 24
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shrevelov

Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent, and one of the funniest musicals ever
written.  FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old
comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.   The
unforgettable and hysterical plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors,
and a showgirl or two...."something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"


MIDDLETOWN - February 21, 22 28, March 1, March 2
by Will Eno

Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown.   About to have her first child, she is eager to enjoy
the neighborly bonds a small town promises. But life in Middletown is complicated: neighbors are near
strangers and moments of connection are fleeting. Middletown is a playful, poignant portrait of a
town with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.  A tart play which
captures life's absurd beauty via a steady stream of gorgeous little comments on big things.


MEDEA - April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 4
by Euripides, adapted by Robinson Jeffers

Medea is indeed a kind of thrill ride, propelling us along, careening on the edge of precipices
from which we get fearful glimpses of the darkness of human nature.  Haunting Western theater
for centuries, the Medea myth presents one of the strongest characters ever to appear on
stage. This adaptation of Euripides' Greek classic by Robinson Jeffers reaffirms his preeminent
place among modern poets.  A seminal drama of love, betrayal, and revenge.