Sunday, March 22, 2009

Civic Theatre MainStage 2009-2010 Season

The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Mark Allen Carter

September 4 – 20

From the pen of Agatha Christie comes the story of a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present and rattles a lot of skeletons. The Mousetrap holds the world record as the longest initial run of a show, with more than 23,000 performances in London’s West End.

A Christmas Story

By Philip Grecian

Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

Directed by John David Collier

December 4 - 20

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in Indiana in the 1940s follows nine-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblatt's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out."

All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost, the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin, Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking, Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

A Raisin in the Sun

By Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Steven Koehler

January 29 – February 14

What happens to a dream deferred?

Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: to buy a liquor store and be his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. This play about sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.

Winner of the NY Drama Critic's Award as Best Play of the Year

"A milestone in the American Theatre."-Ebony

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged]

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Directed by Laurie Russell

March 12 – 28

All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard's plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [abridged] lives up to all the hype. The greatest playwright, 37 full-length plays including Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and many more, all chopped up (Macbeth) eaten (Titus) and regurgitated (more titles than you might think) and…well you get the idea.

Warning! This show is a high-speed, roller-coaster ride of all of Shakespeare's plays and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders and/or people inclined to motion sickness.

"Pithier than Python... irresistible" - The New York Times

"If you like Shakespeare, you'll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you'll LOVE this show!" -The Today Show

Chicago

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

Music by John Kander

Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Directed by Kate Walker

May 7 - 23

In Roaring Twenties Chicago, chorus girl Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess", Velma Kelly vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream," fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.

"'A pulse racing revival ... that flies us right into musical heaven." – New York Times

"Wildly entertaining ... [with a] dazzling score."-NewYork Daily News

"As dazzling a demonstration of the craft of musical theatre as you're ever going to see on a Broadway stage."-NewYork Post

1 comment:

jessica nadine said...

Oh, My, Goodness! What an amazing season filled with incredibly talented directors. I am so jealous I won't be around to see every single show. Wow! This is hella amazing.