By Josette Keelor
This month, comedy and music take precedence on community stages, with Winchester Little Theater's farce "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running" and The Schultz Theatre's youth theater production "All I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play" and musical "Barefoot in the Park" enticing all ages out to the theater.
Winchester Little Theatre
After nearly 40 years since its last run at WLT, Robert Anderson's play for mature audiences only, "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running," is four stories in one.
The play first opened in 1952 during the height of the sexual revolution, Scorgie said. It last took the stage at WLT in 1974.
Now, she said, "I'm reprising it as the director."
The first story follows an artist interviewing a male model he hopes will pose nude for him.
"But of course we won't have that in it," Scorgie said, "It's just about the interviews with an actor."
The four vignettes are unrelated, she said, but each is funny in its own way and form a connection in the end.
The second highlights a couple bickering about buying twin beds after 25 years of marriage. In the third, a married couple discusses how to talk sex with their children.
"And the fourth one I think unites the three prior ones," Scorgie said. A conversation between a very old couple, "it ends the show I think on an hilarious tone," she said.
She explained the play as being mostly comedy with a dash of poignancy, and drawing on experience directing several British farces over the years at WLT, she said she's been able to play up humorous elements that other directors might choose to downplay.
Actors Gerry Tracy, Theresa Apple, Randy Moulton, Meagan Haynes and Andy Kiser play various roles each, with Victoria Ryles and Richard Bennett each playing one role -- Ryles as Edith in the third story and Bennett as Herbert in the fourth.
Scorgie said the play offers two main themes -- the human dilemma of trying to remain the same in spite of cultural changes, and the disconnect that comes with trying to understanding someone else's viewpoint.
The title, she said, basically means "we may hear but not really listen."
In life, she said, "There's too much going on. They're not really listening in the sense of understanding."
Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 to 12, 16 to 19 and 23 to 25. Ticket prices are $18.75 for adults, $16.75 for seniors and $14.50 for students. The theater is located at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester. For more information, call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.com.
The Schultz Theatre
This weekend's youth show at The Schultz Theatre, "All I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play," is based on several disastrous theatrical experiences.
Directed by Gina Currence, the play follows a stuffy narrator who guides the audience through "the whole sorry process" of putting on a play with a dysfunctional cast and inefficient director and passive-aggressive stage manager, as a press release from the theater describes it.
From an audition with a director too distracted by food to pay attention to his actors, to a cast not exactly playing with a full deck, the show within a show aims to be a scream to watch even if it never makes it past act one.
The Small Part Support Group holds a special meeting, and a production of Romeo and Juliet set in a Starbucks uses whatever costumes they can find -- surely nothing Shakespeare would have imagined in 16th century Verona.
The Schultz Theatre will perform its youth theater production at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market, Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.
Next, the theater will perform Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" May 17 to 26.
Paul Bratter is a straight-laced lawyer, and his new wife Corie is a free spirit. Between fixing up their new apartment to dealing with a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother, the couple must figure out how to keep the romance alive even when everything seems to go wrong -- particularly their mismatched marriage.
Directed by Wendi Black, the 1963 play turned 1967 movie starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford offers music and laughs for all ages.
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, from May 17 to May 26. Tickets are $10 or $8 in advance, or $12 and $10 at the door. For more information, call 540-740-9119 or visit www.schultztheatre.com.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org