"The Dining Room" Opens 2013 Westport Playhouse Season of Comedy

Hartford Courant

Westport Country Playhouse will present “a celebration of laughter” with its 2013 season of five comic productions -- ranging from wild farce to dark humor --  playing next year from April through October.

The 83rd year of the theater will begin with the first major revival in decades of playwright A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room,” staged by Mark Lamos, artistic director. The show, which runs April 30 to May 18, is described as "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 to 29, will be a rare American classic comedy, “The Show-Off” by George Kelly, described as "a funny, surprising, and moving story of a family in upheaval when their youngest daughter becomes engaged to a brash loudmouth.  Nicholas Martin ("The Circle," "The Year of Magical Thinking" at the Playhouse) will direct.

“Loot,” by the master of British farce Joe Orton, will run July 16 to Aug. 3, directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. It is desc ribed: "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 desribed as "a touching and funny — and very modern — tale of parents, children, and the gulf that sometimes exists between them." The new play, commissioned by off-Broadway's  Playwrights Horizons and developed by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, will run Aug. 20 – Sept. 7, 2013.  

Concluding the season, Oct. 8 to 26, 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.

 Now available are 2013 subscription renewals for current subscribers, including online renewal capability 24/7.  Those who renew by the Early Bird Deadline, September 15, 2012, will be entitled to a special gift and an invitation to an exclusive pre-season event in the spring with Lamos and other artists. New 2013 subscriptions, including the super-flexible Flex Pass, will be available beginning October 9, 2012.  Subscribers receive a host of benefits not afforded single ticket buyers, including significant savings, priority seating, free and easy ticket exchanges, and restaurant discounts. Single tickets will go on sale March 5, 2013. 


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