Amy Morley (left) and Honeybee Heyman (far right) in Lamoine Community Arts Theater's ’production of the British comedy Trevor by John Bowman. PHOTO BY KATHY MASSIMINI

One-acts take pokes at marriage, homphobia



LAMOINE — Two one-act comedies, including playwright Christopher Durang’s “Wanda’s Visit” and “Trevor,” a 1960s biting comedy by British playwright John Bowen, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Lamoine-Bayside Grange.

Presented by Lamoine Community Arts, “Wanda’s Visit” stars a manically self-centered and manipulative Wanda, who invades the lives of Jim and Marsha, a couple who have endured a dull marriage for 13 years.

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Andrea Gabel-Richards (left) plays Jim’s old manically manipulative high-school girlfriend and falls all over him (Randall Simons) while Robin Veysey (right) as Jim’s conventional wife looks haughtily on in Lamoine Community Arts’ Theater’s production of Christopher Durang’s one-act comedy, “Wanda’s Visit.” LAMOINE COMMUNITY ARTS THEATER PHOTO BY KATHY MASSIMINI

Wanda chatters relentlessly about her past, sparking attention from her old high-school flame Jim, a regular but uncertain guy who has never done anything offbeat in life. Marsha, his traditional, loyal wife, maintains an air of passive-aggressive condescension, smiling sardonically.

Jim is caught between saving his marriage and devouring Wanda’s attention and flirtation. How does Jim, with the assistance of a waiter and nefarious hit men, come to terms with an emotionally unscrupulous Wanda and increasingly irate Marsha?

The Lamoine troupe’s fall production also features “Trevor,” which is about a young London couple and their antics to conceal their lesbian relationship from their homophobic parents.

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Kathy McGlinchey (left) and Lolly Lovett play the homophobic mothers in Lamoine Community Arts Theater’s production of John Bowman’s one-act comedy, “Trevor.” Tom St. Claire (center) plays Trevor. PHOTO BY KATHY MASSIMINI

Jane and Sarah concoct a scheme to hire someone, “Trevor,” to pose as the fiancé of one and the married lover of the other. The plan goes awry, however, when both sets of parents show up. How do they react to the frantic young man and their daughters?

Carol Korty, the artistic director of “Trevor,” says the troupe was initially stumped by envisioning how to fit this cleverly wrought farce on the Grange’s diminutive stage. They solved the problem with a set design that compresses three floors into —well, you’ll see!

Despite the weighty social issues brought to life in these two plays, audience members won’t be able to help laughing throughout each.

The Lamoine-Bayside Grange is located on Route 184. To reserve seats, call 667-6564.

 

 

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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