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Fall 2018 (Oct 5 – 20)

Philadelphia Story

By Philip Barry

Directed by Heather Danskin

 

The wealthy and well-established Lord family of Philadelphia is about to welcome the cream of society into their home for the second wedding of Tracy Lord, vibrant daughter of the house, to George Kittredge, a proud, up-and-coming self made coal mine manager – much to the annoyance of little sister Dinah. Unfortunately, father Seth’s philandering with a Broadway dancer causes a scandal which an unscrupulous media tycoon threatens to break — unless he can send a reporter to cover this high society wedding from the inside. Enter Macaulay “Mike” Connor, a writer of quality unwillingly slumming it on the society beat, who holds strong views against the old money-wielding upper class, and his faithful photographer Liz, whose romantic connection is not enough to stop the fascinated dance which ensues when Tracy and Mike meet and spar over class boundaries and champagne-addled declarations. Torn between three men, Tracy must determine whether or not she belongs on a pedestal. Philip Barry’s sparkling comedy The Philadelphia Story is witty, sophisticated romp, a breezy and romantic story which explores family dynamics, class prejudice, and human frailty.

 

Winter 2019 (Jan 11 – 26)

Proof

By David Auburn

Directed by Ryan Mays

 

The play concerns Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius in his fifties and professor at the University of Chicago, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness.  Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness.  Upon Robert’s death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert’s office.  The title refers both to that proof and to the play’s central question: Can Catherine prove the proof’s authorship?  Along with demonstrating the proof’s authenticity, the daughter also finds herself in a relationship with 28-year-old Hal.  Throughout, the play explores Catherine’s fear of following in her father’s footsteps, both mathematically and mentally and her desperate attempts to stay in control.

 

 

Spring 2019 (May 3-18)

Gypsy

Music by Jules Syne

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by Arthur Laurens

Directed by Katie Ganem

 

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Syne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurens.  Gypsy is loosely based on the 197 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and focuses on her mother, Rose, whose name has become synonymous with “the ultimate show business mother.”  It follows the dreams and efforts of Rose to raise two daughters to perform onstage and casts an affectionate eye on the hardships of the show business life.  The character of Louise is based on Lee, and the character of June is based on Lee’s sister, the actress June Havoc.

 

The musical contains many songs that became popular standards, including “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Together (Wherever we Go),” “Small World,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,” “Let me Entertain You,” “All I Need is the Girl,” and “Rose’s Turn.”  It is frequently considered one of the crowning achievements of the mid-20th century’s conventional musical theater art form, often called the “book musical.”

 

Gypsy has been referred to as the greatest American musical by numerous critics and writers, among them Ben Brantley (“what may be the greatest of all American musicals…”) and Frank Rich wrote that “Gypsy is nothing if not Broadway’s own brassy, unlikely answer to King Lear.”  Theater critic Clive Barnes wrote that “Gypsy is one of the best musicals…” and described Rose as “one of the few truly complex characters in the American musical.”