Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Westport's Season a 'Celebration of Laughter'

Mark Lamos. Photo:Bruce Plotkin
Westport Country Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos has anounced “a celebration of laughter” with the 2013 season.

The 2013 season will begin with the first major revival in decades of playwright A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, directed by Lamos, April 30 – May 18, 2013. A witty and heartfelt story of the American family and its vanishing traditions, it is set in the most singular of rooms, where people gather, meals are eaten, conversations begin, and generations converge.

The season’s second production, playing June 11 – 29, 2013, will be a rare American classic comedy, The Show-Off by George Kelly, a funny, surprising, and moving story of a family in upheaval when their youngest daughter becomes engaged to a brash loudmouth. Nicholas Martin will helm the production.

Loot, an outrageous romp by the master of British farce Joe Orton, will run July 16 – Aug. 3, 2013, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. On the trail of stolen money hidden by bumbling bank robbers, Loot is a wickedly funny send-up of larcenous, lascivious behavior among the English middle classes.

The Playhouse’s second world premiere in as many seasons, Oblivion by Carly Mensch, writer for the award-winning television series “Weeds,” is a touching and funny—and very modern—tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them. The new play, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and developed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will run Aug. 20 – Sept. 7, 2013.

Rounding out the season, October 8 – 26, 2013, is John Murray and Allen Boretz’s Room Service. Directed by Lamos, the madcap American farce is about a producer and his ragtag bunch of actors who try to raise money for a Broadway show as they scramble to evade their hotel bill. The play was adapted into a 1938 movie with the Marx Brothers and Lucille Ball.

For more information or tickets,: 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, in person, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport; omline www.westportplayhouse.org.

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