Theatrikos 2017 Season
by Neil Simon
At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer and wife must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
“The Clean House”
by Sarah Ruhl
This 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist is a whimsical and poignant look at class, comedy and the true nature of love. Lane and Charles are a married couple who are both doctors. Their Brazilian housekeeper, Matilde, is an aspiring comedian and more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in housecleaning. Lane’s eccentric sister Virginia is nuts about housecleaning, and she and Matilde become fast friends as Virginia takes over the cleaning while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Charles reveals he has found his soul mate in Anna, a cancer patient on whom he has operated. The actors who play Charles and Anna also play Matilde’s parents in a series of dream-like memories, as we learn the story about how they literally killed each other with laughter.
Adapted by Terry Johnson
Based on the Novel by Charles Webb
A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 1960s, now Benjamin’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought to life in this first play adaptation. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre in London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson. It’s California in the 60s. Benjamin’s got excellent grades, very proud parents and, since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him.
STUDIO SERIES: “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”
by Nora and Delia Ephron
A play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black. Based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.
“Avenue Q, the Musical”
by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez
Winner of the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, “Avenue Q” is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart. The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his newfound friends struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.
“Over the River and through the Woods”
by Joe DiPietro
Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered his dream job as a marketing executive—which would take him away from his beloved but annoying grandparents. He tells them the news and it doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, including bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait.
STUDIO SERIES: “RED”
by John Logan
In this winner of the 2010 Tony Award, master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art—a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, “Red” is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.
“It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
Adapted by Joe Landry
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
Tickets for the 2017 season also can be purchased online at Theatrikos.com; by calling (928) 774-1662; or by visiting the theater’s box office, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and two hours prior to each performance.