PRESS RELEASE – NEMASKET RIVER PRODUCTIONS
Photos: L-R Dan Kirichok, Karin Henderson, Eric Henderson
Lately, there isn’t much to laugh about, given the economics, bizarre politics and tumultuous weather, but Nemasket River Productions’s fall show “Living Together”(the 3rd installment of this trio of hilarious plays known as “The Norman Conquests”) by the British playwright Alan Ayckbourn should help you laugh again!
NRP theatergoers are fortunate that Director, Bob Gillet was able to bring back most of the wonderful cast that starred in last year’s production of Ayckbourn’s 2nd trilogy installment, “Round & Round the Garden,” providing delicious continuity for theatergoers.
Returning as the dense, clueless, kindly veterinarian, Tom, is the ever creative Eric Henderson, who’s mildly agitated Tom likes Annie but avoids commitment in the extreme; playing the youngest sister (in a family of two sisters and one brother), Annie, Karin Henderson (Eric’s wife in real life), portrays the frustrated (with subtle insight and slightly repressed hysteria) care giver for her demanding, psychosomatic mother. Out of sheer boredom, all-be-it conflicted feelings, she joins Norman (Dan Kirichok) in planning a fling together, at some deary & isolated shore front motel, which unwittingly gets revealed to the family, causing an uproar during what is supposed to be a quiet weekend in the country.
Michael McGill provides pivotal timing as Reg, Ruth’s brother and Sarah’s morose and slightly henpecked husband, while Sarah (Kristina Darlene) is neurotically humorous as Reg’s wife, who is constantly fussing compulsively, trying to maintain her composure and restore order in this chaotic household.
New comers Dan & Victoria Kirichok, Dan as Ruth’s mischievous, philandering husband, Norman, has the necessary marverick glint in his eye; while the bright & vivacious Victoria Kirkchok (also a real life wife!) plays his serious, business executive wife, Ruth.
Director Gillet said it’s been fantastic to work with this cast because they all genuinely love each other and enjoy acting together, which shows. Their comedic timing is flawless. their affection apparent, as they deliver one funny scene after another. When Norman tells an angry Ruth that he only wants to make everyone happy, his eye mischievously twinkles, while smiling like a Cheshire cat. And when Sarah angrily confronts Norman for trying to steal Annie away from Tom, he replies, “I wasn’t stealing her; I was borrowing her.” As the weekend continues to spin out of control, Norman’s antics become increasingly outrageous, upping the laugh meter. Then, too, Ayckbourn’s dialogue is sarcastic, witty, and the eyebrow-raising end is sublime.
“Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15.
All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rt 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000. Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites. You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via EventBrite, through our website, and at the door.