Posted on 09/15/2008 12:00am
The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, literally kicks off its season with the New England premiere of the recent Off-Broadway comedy Secrets of a Soccer Mom, by Kathleen Clark, playing Oct 24 – Nov 9th. If you think you’re too busy to see this play, or envy Dora the Explorer’s travel opportunities, or find that a trip to the bathroom is your best hope for “quality alone time” - this is a play for you! No matter what sport or activity you’ve even driven your child to, this rejuvenating comedy addresses the question, “How in the world did I wind up here?” Experience the humorous and uplifting journey of three multi-tasking moms who recapture their spirit, humor and passion when they leave their traditional roles on the sideline and play in the annual “mother vs. son” soccer game against their 8 year old boys - and attempt to win the game! Because this play strikes a chord with so many women in today’s world, The Public Theatre has already extended the run, adding an extra weekend of performances. With an attractive group rate ticket price of only $14 for groups of ten or more, this show is a great excuse for a group of busy friends to get together. Also added, is a special “mommy matinee” performance at 10:30am on Oct 28th. For moms who can’t stay up past 9pm, or have trouble finding a babysitter, this specially priced performance (All seats $15) is a great way to give yourself a little playtime. Drop the kids at school, or daycare, come see the show, and 90 minutes later you’ve still got time for lunch before you turn back into a chauffeur.
December brings the holiday season and Artistic Director Christopher Schario’s beloved adaptation of A Christmas Carol, December 12, 13, and 14. A Lewiston/Auburn tradition for over 15 years, this inventive adaptation seems to get better and better every year. Uncluttered by garish spectacle, six actors and a fiddler grab a handful of props and bring Dickens’ language and characters to life in a way you’ve never seen before. This classic story is directly followed by a special performance of A Solstice Celebration, a delightful compilation of sing-a-long holiday songs and stories from around the world performed by Christmas Carol fiddler Jennifer Armstrong. With a top ticket price of only $18 for adults, $16 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12, this delectable double feature makes a great gift for the whole family. Family friendly performance times are 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 1 and 4pm on Sunday.
The New Year brings the Pulitzer Prize nominated Collected Stories, by Donald Margulies, playing Jan 23-Feb 1. From the author of Dinner with Friends comes a witty and compelling All About Eve-like tale of a famous writer and her adoring protégé. Following her mentor’s advice on how to succeed all too well, a talented and ambitious student progresses quickly from colleague to confidante, and ultimately to rival. As their friendship rises and falls, they are forced to confront the question; “Is anything truly off limits when it comes to writing a great book?”
Just in time for spring, TPT presents the Maine premiere of a delightful new play and comic lesson in l’amour called, The 13th of Paris, by Mat Smart, running March 13 - 22. In this charming and whimsical romantic comedy, a young man takes a suitcase filled with the love letters of his late grandparents, and impulsively travels to Paris in search of the true meaning of love. When he begins receiving romantic advice from a dapper French ghost in a pinstripe suit, he discovers the key to listening to his heart in our crazy modern world.
The 2008-2009 season ends with the heartfelt family comedy, The Last Mass at St. Casimir’s, by Tom Dudzick, playing May 1 - 10. Playwright Tom Dudzick has often been called “the Neil Simon for the Catholic working class” and this play proves it! Meet the lovable Pazinski family! Gathering to say their final goodbyes to their recently sold childhood home, (before it’s converted into a Vietnamese restaurant!), the Pazinski clan is trapped together in an unexpected blizzard and given the opportunity to come together again as a family. For those familiar with the popular comedy Over the Tavern, this play revisits the same Pazinski family 18 years later. Similar to Neil Simon’s wonderful Broadway Bound trilogy, knowledge of the other plays in the trilogy is unnecessary to enjoy this delightful nostalgic comedy.
Given the increase of sold-out performances each season, now’s a great time to consider becoming a subscriber and guaranteeing yourself a ticket. Subscriptions to The Public Theatre are $72 for adults and $64 for seniors and students. Tickets for A Christmas Carol are sold separately from the subscription. Group rates of $14 for parties of 10 or more, and special student matinee performances are available for most productions.
Only at Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Equity Theatre will you find the most exciting plays from Broadway and Off-Broadway, featuring the finest professional actors from New York to Los Angeles, for a top ticket price of only $18! “Mainer’s love a bargain”, says Artistic Director Christopher Schario, and they’ve responded to The Public Theatre’s mission of presenting high quality professional theatre at an affordable price with record attendance and glowing reviews. Voted BEST THEATRE COMPANY four times by The Portland Phoenix readers’ poll, and “The #1 GEM OF LEWISTON / AUBURN” by The Sun-Journal, The Public Theatre is proud to be a cornerstone in the cultural life of Central Maine.
For tickets and subscription information call (207) 782-3200, or visit our website at www.thepublictheatre.org. The Public Theatre is located at Lisbon & Maple St. in downtown Lewiston.