'The Women' comes to Westport Community Theatre
Published 1:01 am, Friday, June 18, 2010
The Westport Community Theatre presents The Women -- a super-stylish, venomously funny 1930s comedy about marriage, gossip, divorce and friendship among a gleeful group of backstabbing "ladies who lunch." Final performances Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m.
Directed by Richard Mancini, and produced by Joan Barere, the all-star cast of The Women includes some of the most talented actresses in Fairfield County: Deborah Burke, Amy Louise Carter, Marta Backman, Marta Coppola, Dana DiCerto, Marguerite Foster, Carin Freidag, Kristin Gagliardi, Andrea Garmun, Linda Gilmore, Leigh Katz, Annabelle Liljegren, Kimberley Lowden, Jessica Mancini, Marcia Maslo, Rene Ragan, Caryn Raimondi, and Dainelle Testori-Gartner.
This play has assumed the status of a modern classic. Clare Boothe Luce's social satire The Women was a smash hit when first performed on Broadway in 1936 and has enjoyed successful recent revival productions and films. Set in the world of high society wives in New York City during the height of the 1930s' Great Depression, The Women is an immensely entertaining panorama of our modern metropolitan world from the feminine viewpoint. The play digs under the surface of human nature to reveal a human understanding for, and sympathy with, outstanding characters.
The story follows the efforts of a group of women in their respective roles within an artificial society that consists of vanity, comedy, tragedy, disappointment, and hope. Mary Haines, the protagonist, learns from a gossipy manicurist that her husband, Stephen, is having an affair with a shop-girl named Crystal. After the news of Stephen's affair is published in a gossip column, Mary decides to divorce him. To obtain her divorce, she travels to Reno, Nev.; while she is in Reno, Mary learns that Stephen has married Crystal. Two years later, Mary, now living back in New York with her children, learns that Crystal has been unfaithful to Stephen. With the help of her friends, Mary sets out to expose Crystal's infidelity in order to win Stephen back.
Tickets range from $12 to $18. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a $2 per ticket discount, and there is a special "Student Rush" discount 15 minutes prior to performances for students of all ages with a valid student identification card.
For reservations, contact the box office at 203-226-1983. Go to www.westportcommunitytheatre.com for directions to the theater.