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Monday, October 10, 2011

New season schedule at the Alliance Repertory Theatre Company

Here is a look at the 2011-12 season for the Alliance Repertory Theatre Company; 
 
 SOMETHING IN THE AIR by Richard Dresser. Directed by Michael J. Driscoll. Oct 7 - 22, 2011. At Edison Valley Playhouse
 
Walker is at the end of his financial ropes. Soon he hears of a sure fire investment and he jumps at an opportunity for salvation. But when he encounters an irritable, vile patient, the love of a mysterious woman and the assistance of a do-good inept nurse, he finds the perfect recipe for ruin. Love and greed mesh into a seductive dance in this comedy noir that sets out to prove that the only sure thing in life is death..... or is it!
 
GULF VIEW DRIVE by Arlene Hutton. Directed by Michael J. Driscoll. Jan 13 - 28, 2012. At Union County Performing Arts Center.
 
A young couple's dream of a quiet life is interrupted by some surprising visits from their relatives. Soon the house will become bursting at the seams, family tensions will surface and they will face difficult moral choices. Challenged to the very core of their beliefs, they must consider unconventional solutions in order to find peace in a changing world. GULF VIEW DRIVE is a warm, moving and uplifting story set against the portrait of a changing America in the mid-20th century.
 
THE TEMPERAMENTALS by Jon Maran. Directed by David Christopher. Mar 23 - Apr 7, 2012. At Edison Valley Playhouse.
 
This show garnered rave reviews in NYC and received Best Play nominations from both the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle for 2010. " Temperamental " was code for " homosexual " in the early 1950's, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. THE TEMPERAMENTALS tells the story of two men- the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich- as they fall in love while building the first gay rights organization in the pre-Stonewall United States
 
THE RECEPTIONIST by Adam Bock. Directed by Emma Schwartz. Apr 13 - 28, 2012. At Union County Performing Arts Center.
 
Beverly is a top receptionist who holds both the office schedules and her co-workers lives together. But when an unexpected visit from Mr. Dart of the central office occurs, Beverly is left wondering just what sort of company she works for and what her role really is. THE RECEPTIONIST is a darkly comic exploration of a seemingly mundane office that exposes the real truth behind those quarterly financial reports.
 
ELECTION DAY by Josh Tobiessen. Directed by Michael J. Driscoll. May 18 - June 2, 2012. At Union County Performing Arts Center.
 
The race for Mayor is coming down to the wire and Adam's activist girlfriend Brenda won't stop reminding him to vote. But when Brenda leaves her apartment to campaign one last time, Adam's directive is waylayed by his sex-starved sister, her anarchist boyfriend, and the opposing Mayoral candidate himself. Between a kidnapping conspiracy, a sack of molotov cocktails, a sex-for-votes exchange and one severely stoned eco-terrorist, the question remains----will Adam ever make it to the voting booth?
 
And finally the children's show
 
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES by J. Henry and M. Davenport. Directed by Brad Howell and Christian Ruppenthal. Mar 3, 4, 10 & 11, 2012. At Union County Performing Arts Center.
 
A delighful, funny re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson story. The vain and childish emperor is duped by two schemers who convince him they can make him a unique suit of clothes that is not only beautiful, but magical-- it can only be seen by those who are honest. Afraid he won't be able to see the clothes himself, the emperor enlists the aid of two ministers, who complicate matters when they are wary to admit they cannot see it themselves.

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