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The Actor's Nightmare

For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls

Having casually wandered onstage, George is informed that one of the actors, Eddie, has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately.  Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives, surrounded by such luminaries as Sarah Siddons, Dame Ellen Terry and Henry Irving.  As he funbles through one missed cue after another the other actors shift to Hamlet, then a play by Samuel Beckett, and then a climactic scene from what might well be A Man for All Seasons-by which time the disconcerted George has lost all sense of contact with his fellow performers.  Yet, in the closing moments of the play, he rises to the occasion and finally says the right lines, whereupon make-believe suddenly gives way to reality. In this parody of The Glass Menagerie, the fading Southern belle, Amanda, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriacal son, Lawrence, for "the feminine caller." Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers.  Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly.  Brother Tom wants to go to the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room.  Amanda tries to face everything with "charm and vivacity," but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody.
This production will take place January 22, 23 & 24, at Farmer's Alley Theatre in Downtown Kalamazoo.


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