Theater

Keith Jochin and Matthew Lewis in Robert Brustein's play "Spring Forward, Fall Back" at the Vineyard Playhouse: Photo by Sally Cohn
Keith Jochin and Matthew Lewis in Robert Brustein's new play "Spring Forward, Fall Back" at the Vineyard Playhouse through July 22. Photo by Sally Cohn

Playhouse stages new plays

Posted July 13, 2006

Playwright Hugh Bush and the Vineyard Playhouse give us an opportunity to laugh at ourselves in the July 17 Monday Night Special reading of his new play "The Pink House." Mr. Bush has written a hilarious farce centered around a summer home on the Vineyard. The characters are all people we may recognize.

The playwright says of his new work: "Set in Martha's Vineyard, in the tradition of Feydeau and the French farces, 'The Pink House' traces the struggle of Giselle, a gorgeous, sexually liberal housekeeper's quest to wrestle the pink house away from the Deringers, a prudish New York couple renting and hoping to buy the house. Giselle is convinced she's been left the property by the former deceased owner, Mr. Donald Mountboyce. Unbeknownst to the Deringers, Giselle hires a lawyer to contest the will the bank is executing. Giselle pays the lawyer with money that the Deringers have given her, thinking they're helping pay medical bills for an ailing aunt. The plot thickens with a host of Vineyard characters including a hunky, buff caretaker, a repressed banker, a female private detective, and a tennis-obsessed doctor. No one escapes the dizzying forces of love, sex and real estate at play in 'The Pink House'."

The director and seasoned cast of "The Pink House" traveling to the Island from New York City include: Alyse Rothman (Director), Angel Desai (Giselle), Lee Aaron Rosen (Lou), Felicity LaFortune (Sissy Deringer), Don Amendolia (Major Deringer), Donald Corren (Donald Mountboyce).

The main stage production at the playhouse is Robert Brustein's new play "Spring Forward, Fall Back." The show is about three generations of fathers and sons, their conflicting politics and culture suggested by their differing tastes in music. The family drama is directed by Wes Savick.

At the Tisbury Amphitheater, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be performed nightly, Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, August 12 at 5 pm. Shakespeare's battle of the sexes is directed by Johanna McKeon. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy Shakespeare in the park, Island-style.

For the children, The Fabulists perform each Saturday morning in July and August at 10 am. The fun, interactive plays are perfect for the entire family.

"The Pink House" Monday, July 17, 7 pm, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets $25.
Call 508-696-6300 or visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org for more information on the playhouse shows.