CAT's Past Seasons' Shows

Home Fires Poster at CAT Theatre

One of only three plays nominated for Best Play of the Year in 1997 by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Home Fires is the story of a Texas woman trying to raise her three teenage children during hard times in World War II. After Nettie's husband leaves her, she is forced to take in female boarders to make ends meet. The house is crowded and the eccentric women who stay there are entertaining, lost souls looking for husbands and careers in a world without men. The play examines family, home, honor and dreams during a time when everyone had to "make do or do without." Sonny, the teenage son, is afraid to go off to war. When Maggie, a sexy new boarder, opens his eyes to his musical talents and his sexuality, Sonny fights with his mother and runs away, thus evading his draft notice. As the play moves through five years, all the characters face many obstacles, not the least of which is keeping their faith in spite of severe disappointments. Eventually, Sonny returns home to see his mother for one last time and to give her a lasting gift to remember him by.

Produced by CAT Theatre and on stage from October 21 through November 6, 2011.

Bloody Murder Poster at CAT Theatre

A mysterious gathering at the country estate of Lady Somerset begins in murder and ends in…farce? What starts off as an Agatha Christie type murder mystery will end with laughter as these all too familiar characters rebel at their lot in life.

By Virginia playwright Ed Sala. The show ran from May 27 through June 12, 2011

Directed by Andy Resnick, the cast included Bob Murphy, Bunny Smith, Emma Mason, Jay Hart, Jerry Long & Toni Cacioppo

Almost Maine Poster at CAT Theatre

Almost, Maine is by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. There are ten short scenes: Her Heart, Sad & Glad, Getting It Back, Seeing the Thing, Story of Hope, Where It Went, This Hurts, They Fell, Epilogue, and Prologue, and Interlogue.

The Fiddler's House Poster at CAT Theatre

The Fiddler's House is a comedy/drama about a widower and his housekeeper, is Chamberlayne Actors Theatre's contribution to the 2011 Acts of Faith Festival. Written and directed by CAT's own Sheryle Criswell, the play looks at differences in race and religion, conflicts between career and family, and issues of human mistakes and self-forgiveness.

The play ran from January 21 through February 6, 2011.

Radium Girls Poster at CAT Theatre

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls is a fast-moving, highly theatrical ensemble piece for 9 to 10 actors, who play more than 30 parts—friends, co-workers, lovers, relatives, attorneys, scientists, consumer advocates, and myriad interested bystanders. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Radium Girls was produced by CAT Theatre in 2010.

 

The Kitchen Witches Poster at CAT Theatre

Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV-producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

Produced by CAT Theatre in 2010.

The Dixie Swim Club Poster at CAT Theatre

Five unforgettable southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. When fate throws a wrench into their lives, these friends prove the enduring power of teamwork, rallying ‘round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.

Directed by Laurie Follmer, the play ran at CAT Theatre in 2010.

I'm Not Rappaport Poster at CAT Theatre

Inspired by two elderly men Gardner met in New York City's Central Park, the play focuses on Nat Moyer, a feisty Jew, and Midge Carter, a cantankerous African-American, who spend their days sitting on a bench. They both mask the realities of aging, sharing tall tales that Nat spins. The play touches on several issues, including society's treatment of the aging, the difficulties dealing with adult children who think they know what's best for their parents, and the dangers that lurk in urban areas.

This show played at CAT Theatre in 2009.

 

Mindgame Poster at CAT Theatre

Mark Styler, a writer of "true crime" stories arrives at the Fairfields experimental hospital for the criminally insane, with the hope of interviewing serial killer Easterman for a new book. He meets Dr. Farquhar, the hospital director, however things don't seem quite right. The doctor is reluctant to let Styler see Easterman, and encourages Styler to leave. Styler, however refuses with the excuse of a long car journey. In the end, he stays and Farquhar offers him dinner. She and Easterman, who is now Carol completely change, and Styler is told he is Easterman and Styler was just his assumed name. He tries to prove them wrong, however his BMW is gone, and the letter he sent to Farquhar is blank. In the end, Styler is forced to believe he is Easterman, however it is never explicitly revealed to the audience who is actually who.

This play was at CAT Theatre in 2009.

The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personas to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways. Contemporary reviews all praised the play's humour, though some were cautious about its explicit lack of social messages, while others foresaw the modern consensus that it was the culmination of Wilde's artistic career so far. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play. This play was produced by CAT Theatre in Richmond, VA in 2006

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