A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler
Opens: Thursday June 23/ Closes Saturday July 2, 2016
Hailed as a “stunning tour de force,” A Little Night Music brings to life an evocative musical score that earned it four Tony awards and acclaim as a “musical of masterful execution and understated elegance.” Set at the turn of the century, the play centers around a weekend in the Swedish countryside among a tangled web of love and desire spawned by the compelling actress, Desiree Armfeldt. Full of witty and moving moments of all things love—adoration, yearning, and a bit of regret—this lovely musical celebration is the launch to the summer season that will leave you humming long after the curtain goes down.
Sylvia, A. R. Gurney Jr.
Opens: Thursday July 7/ Closes Saturday July 16, 2016
It’s love at first sight for Greg, whose midlife crisis looms large and Sylvia—the canine who catches his eye on what might have been an ordinary visit to the park. But not so for Kate, Greg’s wife, who doesn’t quite share Greg’s abject adoration of the winsome pup—hilariously played by a lovely, non-canine actress. One critic called it “howlingly funny,” another, “the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I’ve ever seen.” If you have ever loved a dog—if you have ever known a dog—and even if you’ve only ever just seen a dog—this play is at once laugh-out-loud hysterical and charmingly poignant—offering a new take on the complicated terrain of the love triangle.
Dancing at Lughnasa, Brian Friel
Opens: Tuesday July 19/ Closes Saturday July 23, 2016
Widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece, this gentle and lovely memory play weaves the story of five unmarried sisters as they eke out their lives in the small village of Ballybeg in 1936 Ireland. In depicting two days in the lives of this family—including one sister’s seven-year-old son and their brother, a missionary just returned from Africa—Friel evokes both the inner and outer landscape of the past and present resulting in what many have called the most beautiful play ever written. Frank Rich of the New York Times said, “This play does does exactly what theatre was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft in waves of distant music and ecstatic release that lets us dance and dream just before night must fall.”
Das Barbecu, Jim Luigs and Scott Warrender
Opens: Thursday July 28 / Closes Saturday August 6, 2016
Wagner’s Ring Cycle is spun as a witty Texas fable with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed. Songs run the gamut from Broadway to Texas swing, from jazz to twangy country and western. Mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding, three generations of feuding families, a magic ring of power, wild west lariat tricks, a synchronized swimming revue, a song and dance tribute to the joys of guacamole, and the sweetest two step ever to slide across a stage all add up to riotous comedy. Variety magazine promises, “Your sides will ache by the end of the fast-paced country western musical comedy.”
A Murder is Announced, Agatha Christie, adapted by Leslie Darbon
Opens: Thursday August 11 / Closes Saturday August 20, 2016
An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain. This one’s an edge-of-the-seat thriller—one of Agatha’s best!
You Can’t Take It With You, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Opens: Thursday August 25 / Closes Saturday September 3, 2016
Meet the Sycamores: a rule-defying, laugh-making, and lovable family who live only to enjoy themselves. They do whatever they like, whether that means writing melodramas, keeping snakes, or making fireworks in the basement. When Alice Sycamore falls in love with Tony Kirby, and his stuffy parents come for dinner, two worlds collide. This Pulitzer Prize winner, written by one of the great comedy teams of the 20th century, is a perfect foil for our season’s ending. And, lots of things blow up. What more could you ask for on stage? This classic is enduring, endearing, and endlessly funny.