CAT's Past Seasons' Shows

In British Tradition by Philip Ventrella, proper English lady Edna St. Claire (Una Harrison) tries to teach traditional etiquette to down home Texas gal Bobbi Jo Alexander (Laura Bukalski).  Two different worlds? Oh, yeah. And then some!

In Consecrated Grounds by Janet Chenoweth, two couples happen into a coffee shop as they prepare for a Civil War reenactment.  New Yorkers Johnny and Beverly (Steve Przybytek and Una Harrison) comically cross verbal swords with Southerners Jasper and Donna (Joe Lomonoco and Laura Bukalski).

In An Infinite Number of Monkeys with Typewriters by Philip Ventrella, monkeys Steve Przybytek and Joe Lomonoco are typity-type-type-typing away when they fall into a discussion of the meaning of life and end up with Shakespeare's plays.  And you thought that old saying was just a myth.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, April 8, 2:30 pm
George and Charlotte Hay have had a not-so-illustrious stage career. Now in Buffalo touring in Cyrano de Bergerac and Private Lives, they may have one more shot at stardom as Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee. But, much like their careers, everything that can go wrong does in this hysterical comedy.

Acorn Acres, a senior living facility, is having a cash flow problem because of too many vacant apartments.  They've already had to give up free coffee in the lobby; at least the management is letting them have their long-planned luau.  But sparks fly when the dance instructor who comes to teach the hula turns out to be the estranged sister of one of the residents.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Tuesday, February 16, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, February 19, 2:30 pm

Then touring in the Richmond area

Unexpected Tenderness is the story of a dysfunctional Jewish family in Massachusetts. This gripping play tells the story of a father who, though a loving man, is at the same time violently paranoid and pathologically jealous. This production is a joint entry into the 2016 Acts of Faith festival.

Special events:

  • Tuesday, January 26 - Theatre Industry Night
  • Friday, January 29 - Playwright Israel Horovitz will attend with a talkback following the performance
  • Saturday, January 30 - Playwright Isreal Horovitz will attend with a talkback and reception following the performance
  • Thursday, February 4 - 30's Thursday and Teacher's Night.  $15 tickets for patrons in their 30's and teachers, includes a pre-show reception
  • Friday, February 5 - Crossroads Arts Center sponsored night with a special pre-show reception.  Acts of Faith talkback following the performance

 

Mitch and his wife, Verna, are at their niece's wedding when Mitch has had all the celebrating he can take. Verna settles him and his crossword puzzle book into an easy chair in the room next to the reception and promises to check on him later. Then one wedding guest after another comes into the room agonizing over a personal problem. Mitch keeps doing his crossword puzzle and somehow ends up saving the day.

Performances at CAT Theatre:

  • Monday, November 9, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 2:30 pm

Then touring in the Richmond area

Divorced for five years, the glamorous, rich, and reckless Elyot and Amanda meet again at a French seaside resort, with their new spouses. Noel Coward's timeless comedy is a witty masterpiece and considered one of the greatest comedies written for the stage.
Quartet Poster at CAT Theatre

Storyline

"Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play.”

Background

"Quartet" was adapted for the screen in 2012. Dustin Hoffman made his directorial debut with this film which starred Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly. Director Laurie Follmer has chosen the following cast: Cissy played by Jacqueline Jones, Jean played by Mollie Ort, Wilfred played by John Maddox, and Reggie played by Granville Scott.  "Quartet" will run May 22 through June 6, 2015.

Now Then Again CAT Theatre Poster

Now then Again is a romantic comedy with a brain-- a love story between two physicists. Set at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory, the script tells the story of Ginny and Henry, two scientists who find a future together despite her husband, his neuroses and their firm belief that there is no such thing as destiny. Now Then Again will be on stage from March 20th through April 4th. Directed by Melissa Rayford.

Book of Days CAT Theatre Poster

CAT Theatre’s second production of their 51st season will be Book of Days which runs January 23 through February 7, 2015. Book of Days is CAT’s submission to the 2015 Acts of Faith Festival. Acts of Faith talk back sessions will be held following the performances on January 24 and February 2.

Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder- and community theatre- in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan. Alvin Klein of The New York Times said, “Mr. Wilson’s cosmic consciousness, intense moral concern, sense of human redemption and romantic effusion have climbed to a new peak.”

Director Leslie Cline says, “I think that this play is ultimately about where people choose to place their faith- in themselves, in God, in others- and how that faith affects their lives. This play raises many questions, starts many conversations, without actually giving many concrete answers. I love that aspect. It is perfect for the Acts of Faith festival and talkbacks, because there are so many directions the conversation can go."

Sherlock Holmes:  The Final Adventure Poster at CAT Theatre

Don’t Miss The Mystery…

CAT Theatre’s 51st season opened with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" which ran October 24 through November 8, 2014. It is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

It seems as if the world’s greatest detective has reached the end of his remarkable career, but then he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty.

As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!”

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