Comedies take out three out of four of the plays announced for Woy Woy Little Theatre’s 2017 season. Announcing the season of four plays for next year, President Christine Vale said that laughter always appeals to the theatre going public.
“But it’s not just our regular subscribers we’re trying to reach,” said Christine at the launch of the season. “We’ve had a successful and wonderful time reaching out to the younger Central Coast audience during the past few years. And it’s gratifying to see – with every new production – younger faces both on the stage and in the audience,” said the WWLT President. “So we’re trying to appeal to both old and young with this very appealing season,” quipped Ms Vale
While comedies are well represented by David Williamson, Neil Simon and Bill MacIlwraith, the community theatre company has fallen back on a tried and true formula for its fourth offering – an Agatha Christie murder mystery – A Murder Is Announced – which Christine will be directing.
“Every year our monthly play readings feature one or two Agatha Christie thrillers – and they always score so highly with our audience research. Woy Woy Little Theatre expects at least one Christie play once every two years – but we keep ‘mum’ about those possible future titles as we like to keep our options under wraps,” laughed Christine.
The first production for 2017 is David Williamson’s When Dad Married Fury – a play that did very well during its premier season four years ago at Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre which according to a Crikey reviewer: “shows sparks and flashes of the classic Williamson of old, his kiln fired by sociopolitical fury”
The story? Septuagenarian Alan Urquhart has made millions! Some thought that the investment funds he hawked in widely popular television commercials were dodgy right from the start … but as his family fly in from around the country for his birthday, the ‘old man’ still has a few surprises up his sleeve … including his brash new American wife almost half his age.
What portion of the fortune can his sons, academic Ben and engineer Ian now expect with the ‘gold digger’ on his arm? Meanwhile, Ben’s daughter, Perth lighting designer Adele, reveals that she has inherited her grandfather’s talents to stir up family tension! With David Williamson’s incisive wit and sharp social perception, When Dad Married Fury is a lackly funny story about family, loyalty and new beginnings It will be staged in March 2017.
Second show for 2017 shows a certain appreciation to America’s king of the quip – Neil Simon. Simon’s 1980 farce – his “first – and successful attempt to slam stage doors”. Certainly not staged as often to Simon’s best work – The Odd Couple – Rumors rises above the swell and delivers a very satisfying second act with laugh after laugh. It’ll be up to director Shea Wicks to coach her cast to allow those special moments when the audience reacts best. Wicks directed WWLT’s 2014 production of The Odd Couple, so she should know what she’s in for.
The synopsis: The play starts with Ken and Chris Gorman at the 10th anniversary party of Charlie Brock, the Deputy Mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, things are not going quite to plan. All the kitchen staff is gone, Myra is missing, and Charlie has shot himself in the head. Chris calls Charlie’s doctor just as the doorbell rings. In come Lenny and Claire. Ganz who have just been in a car accident. Claire is convinced Charlie or Myra are having an affair and Lenny declares they should call the police, while Ken disagrees. Before they can agree on anything, another car shows up. Claire opens the door to let in Ernie Cusack, a psychologist, and his eccentric wife Cookie. And that’s just the first 15 minutes!
Rumors is fast, furious and hilariously funny – but be prepared for some adult themes and strong language.
Third play for the season is the previously mentioned Agatha Christie thriller A Murder is Announced, directed by Christine Vale.
A strange notice appears in the morning paper of a perfectly ordinary small English village: “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 29th, at Little Paddocks, at 6:30 p.m.” This comes as a great surprise to Letitia Blacklock, the owner of Little Paddocks, as she has no idea what the notice means. She decides to take it in her stride but prepares herself to have nosey neighbour dropping in unexpectedly that evening. Naturally, Ms Blacklock’s cottage is full with curious visitors. However, as the clock strikes 6:30…”
The final WWLT 2017 production is The Anniversary, a deliciously black comedy by Bill MacIlwraith about a domineering mother who gathers her family around every year to celebrate her wedding anniversary. Even though her husband is deceased – and her three children and their partners would much prefer to be somewhere else… perhaps on the moon!
Directed by John Hickey, this seasoned veteran is out to deliver this wicked black comedy-fest bigger and better than the previous time this title was presented more than a dozen years ago in the old school hall.
Bookings are currently open for Season tickets and will open in mid-January for individual bookings.
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