The Hole in the Wall Theater, New Britain’s home for edgy and intriguing plays and musicals, takes on four world premiere one-act comedies by Connecticut playwright Jacques Lamarre.
Entitled Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far, characters push beyond the boundaries of normal, everyday situations into some rather bad behavior. Inspired by John Waters, Saturday Night Live and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far, the production, which is not suitable for younger viewers, runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm Nov. 18 through Dec. 10. There are Sunday Matinees at 2 Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.
In Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far, the playwright looks at life in modern America and finds it a little stomach-churning. Four short plays make up the evening and each reflects our inability to maintain polite behavior. In Mignonette, directed by Bethany Sanderson, an encounter between two women in a dog park turns into a cat fight. In The Buck Stops Here, directed by Michael Daly, a frustrated housewife engages the services of an ad agency to give her husband a marketing makeover. In Cain DisAbeled, directed by Terri D’Arcangelo, a FarmVille fracas between brothers turns into a battle of biblical proportions. And in Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far, directed by Kit Webb, the Disneyfied town of Celebration, FL gets turned on its Mickey Mouse ears when the title character moves in next door to a pack of Tea Party Patriots.
The production features a mix of Hole in the Wall veterans and new faces: Kathleen-Marie Clark, Terri D'Arcangelo, James DeMarco, Jillian Dion, Roy Donnelly, Joan DuQuette-Aresco, Devin Horner, Angie Joachim, Rebecca Meakin, Charles Merlis, Johnny Peifer and Matthew Skwiot.
Lamarre is the director of communications and special projects at The Mark Twain House and Museum, where he co-adapted an evening of R-Rated Twain at the Hole in the Wall in August 2011. For the museum, he also adapted Twain’s "The Diaries of Adam & Eve" for a one-night-only performance by Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker. He wrote the full-length comedy Gray Matters, which was performed by the Emerson Theater Collaborative at New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival (nominated for five awards including Outstanding Playwriting). The production was subsequently remounted at the Mystic Arts Center and the Charter Oak Cultural Center.
As a co-writer for international drag chanteuse Varla Jean Merman, he has worked on eight shows.
Jacques Lamarre Has Gone Too Far runs at the Hole in the Wall Theater, 116 Main St., New Britain, Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 pm and Sundays Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at 2 pm. The performance on Saturday Nov. 19 will be followed by classic Hole in the Wall festivities and a meet and greet with Lamarre. Tickets are $20 General Admission; $12 Students (with I.D.) and Seniors. To purchase tickets, visit www.hitw.org or call 860-229-3049 for reservations.