Front Row Center
By Michael Warren
Lakeside Little Theatre– 50th Anniversary Season
The Lakeside Little Theatre is offering us seven plays this season, and in addition we’ve already been delighted by the special NTLive showing of War Horse. There will be more special screenings direct from London’s National Theatre, with tickets available only to LLT members. The first play is The Last Romance, a bittersweet comedyby Joe Di Pietro, directed by Ann Swiston. Currently running through September 7, it’s a fundraiser to help pay for the solar installation and many structural improvements to the theater, and is not included in the six-play season ticket package.
The normal season begins in October with Yasmina Reza’s award-winning comedy God Of Carnage, directed by Roseann Wilshere. It’s a comedy with the gloves off, after the style of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and we can expect fireworks from the four-person cast. Then, in November, we look forward to Betrayal – a classic Harold Pinter play directed by Neal Checkoway. Finally, with plenty of belly-laughs at the end of 2014, LLT is putting on an adult musical comedy Sinderella in the British Pantomime tradition. No doubt the Ugly Sisters will be hairy men in frilly dresses, and Prince Charming will have lovely legs. This Christmas offering has been created by Dave McIntosh, and will be directed by Paul Kloegman.
In 2015, we’ll see Wrong Turn At Lungfish by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz, directed by Peggy Lord Chilton. If you enjoyed the movie In Her Shoes with Cameron Diaz as a sexy young woman learning to read and to respect herself by reading poetry to a blind and dying English Literature professor, you’ll also enjoy this Pygmalion-type play. At the end of February, there will be the steamy Tennessee Williams drama The Night of The Iguana, directed by Dave McIntosh. And this 50th anniversary season will wind up with The Dixie Swim Club by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, directed by Barbara Clippinger. It’s a touching comedy-drama featuring five Southern women whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. Every August, free from husbands, kids and jobs, they get together to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives.
This promises to be a memorable season, worthy of the oldest English language theater in Mexico. It’s not too late to get your season ticket now!