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Carpenter Square Theatre
Venue: 800 W Main (Mailing: 806 W Main), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Carpenter Square Theatre presents the Oklahoma City premiere of “My Brilliant Divorce” by Geraldine Aron June 29-July 21, 2018. The heartwarming comedy follows the exploits of Angela, a 39-going-on-51-year-old American in London whose British husband leaves her for an exotic, twenty-something lass. All performances are at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City
Specific performance dates and times over four weeks are: 8 p.m. June 29-30 and July 6-7; 7:30 p.m. July 12, 8 p.m. July 13-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15; and 7:30 p.m. July 19 and 8 p.m. July 20-21. The play is rated PG-13.
When we first meet Angela, it is Guy Fawkes Night and she is alone with her dog Dexter, staring at the front door that her husband Max has just exited. Over the next twenty-four hours, she waivers between joy and panic. Soon Angela’s house cleaner becomes her spy. It seems the house cleaner has a sister who has just been hired to clean the “lovebirds’ nest.” With reports from the two sisters and her own daughter, Angela realizes she needs to move on. Thus begin her single lady escapades: Trips to the divorce lawyer, calls to help lines, solo pub visits, Lonely Hearts ads, solo vacations, a hilarious, embarrassing trip to a sex shop, running a B & B with odd clients, and fielding phone calls from her disapproving mother. Over the next year, Angela also manages a lot of doctor visits. Is she seriously ill? Is she a hypochondriac or suffering from L.A.M.B. (Layman’s Access to Medical Books)? When one year rollercoasters into two, Angela’s journey plays out like a mid-life “Alice in Wonderland.”
Lilli Bassett stars as the hapless Angela torn between divorce and devotion to her wayward husband. Laurie Blankenship and Richie Rayfield portray over a dozen characters each in “Angela’s Wonderland.” Linda directs the fast-paced comedy with Rosemary Waits assisting as stage manager. Rhonda Clark serves as costume designer. Ben Hall is in charge of the set design and execution, and Jay C. Schardt is the lighting designer.
“My Brilliant Divorce” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts, and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. The Costume Sponsor is the estate of Ann Eggers. Cast Sponsors are Bruce and Jo Ewing, and the Opening Night Party Sponsor is Mikie Gillmore. Ticket Sponsors are Danny and Michele Bell.
In conjunction with the play, the exhibit in the theater’s lobby gallery is the work of Lacy Gustafson, an Edmond artist who also teaches in the public schools. Her exhibit includes large, colorful acrylic paintings of flowers and plants. The public can view the exhibit starting one hour prior to each performance and by appointment Tuesday-Friday afternoons.
Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card or when attending Thursday evening performances. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email [email protected]
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