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Crazy Love: “A Mad Person’s Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage”

October 4, 2011 5:00 am0 comments

altIt’s the duality of life that makes things interesting. The good can’t exist without the bad, the beautiful without the ugly, or the sane without the insane. The rules of parallel universes or perhaps the laws of physics are the reason.  Those within the religious realm might cite God’s blessings, or an angry curse. Whatever the reason, or the cause, the most intense human emotion of love can bring bliss or despair. The marriage of Leo and Sonia Tolstoy provides an epic guide through the crazed emotions of an intense relationship, one so close that it eventually evolved into a common dysfunction, or a shared mental illness.
In playwright Sinan Ünel’s A Mad Person’s Chronicle of a Miserable Marriage, the idea of a marriage so intense, so intertwined that it becomes “a near psychotic episode” is explored in a one-person show acting out both roles of Sonia and Leo.
“It was a very dysfunctional relationship,” says Ünel. “I envision it as an internal conflict, as they are so enmeshed in each other’s minds and lives. There was nothing left to consume about each other.”

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Unraveling the Myth of Small Town America in The Common Swallow

September 21, 2011 6:35 pm0 comments

altKaren, a New York City woman, returns to her midwestern hometown to find that she isn’t the only one who has changed. As the fabric of her family begins to unravel and the idyllic idea of the American Heartland is exposed as fiction, the characters in the new play The Common Swallow find that there are more questions than answers as the American identity fades away from optimism to befuddlement. This dramatic comedy by celebrated emerging playwright David Caudle is making its world premiere at Town Hall this week, starring Sean Maddox, Angela C. Howell, Ethan Paulini, Sunie Pope, Justin Campbell, and Broadway and film actress Annie Golden.

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Mama and Her Boys

July 16, 2011 7:52 pm0 comments

alt After a sold-out winter premiere at the Cape Rep Theater in Brewster, the musical revue Mama and Her Boys kicks off a summer run in Provincetown with a fun, fresh, and heartfelt exploration of a mother’s love.
Starring Wendy Watson, Ethan Paulini, and Christopher Sidoli, who all also conceived and created the show, Mama and Her Boys is a clever and creative cabaret show featuring Broadway standards, pop songs, folk tunes, and several surprises. Though there is no dialogue, the show tells a sweet and tender story through its structure and the choice of songs. With everything from ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” to Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from Gypsy, Mama and Her Boys tells the story of a fiercely devoted mother, who’s a bit of diva, and her two loving gay sons who are about to leave home and start lives of their own, leaving Mama to decide what to do with her own.

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Living the Dream in “Snail Road”

June 3, 2011 3:14 pm0 comments

alt Reality and Provincetown are not two words that are often found in the same sentence. Reality is relative in Provincetown.
For many, the first glimpse of Provincetown is akin to Dorothy seeing the Emerald City. It’s a place that promises you can be who you want to be, and that your past, and indeed reality, is irrelevant. People all over the world click their heels and end up in Provincetown to fulfill their dreams, and along the way they meet fantastic creatures, mythical characters, and mysterious beasts.
“We make our own reality here,” says musician Zoe Lewis. “And it’s a marvelous thing.”
Snail Road, a new musical by Lewis premiering at the Art House, sets the alternate reality that is Provincetown to music. Gertrude Golightly, played by Lewis as sort of “the love child of Gertrude Stein and Holly Golightly,” is riding her bike down Commercial Street when she has an accident and bumps her head. Waking up, the first thing she sees is a giant Miss Richfield 1981. And so begins her fantastical journey through Provincetown to realize her dreams, which does not necessarily include going back to reality, but embracing the new life she has found.

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