Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The New Jersey Premiere of Christopher Durang’s Latest Comedy Continues at Cranford’s The Theater Project through August 1

Just a post to remind readers/followers/subscribers that Christopher Durang's deranged comedy/satire, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, runs for only 2 more weekends at The Theater Project in Cranford. I loved this wacky comedy! And I am so pleased to see njartsmaven.com quoted in their press release!

Why Torture is Wrong… is a raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland "insecurity" written by renowned playwright Christopher Durang. It tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband a terrorist…or just crazy…or both? Turning political humor upside down (and inside out) and honing in on our private terrors both home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves our fears throughout this black comedy in an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

Written by commission for NYC’s Public Theatre in 2009, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them was hailed by The New York Times as "Durang’s funniest play!" during its 2009 world première run. The New York Observer called it a "smashing new play with a serious taste for the blissfully, unapologetically silly!"

Audiences attending performances during the first two weeks of the production run have been raving, and published reviews have included these comments:

  • “Entertaining production…for those who have a wild sense of humor…” —Peter Filichia, Star-Ledger
  • “This demented satire is given a madcap, appropriately off-the-wall production…one has to experience the onstage mayhem...” —Ruth Ross, njartsmaven.com
  • “Clever and insightful…the play runs like a wind-up doll on steroids…” —Susan Myrill Dougherty, Westfield Leader
Performances will take place in the Roy Smith Theater at the Cranford campus of Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue. Performance times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 3 PM.

In addition, the director and cast will lead special interactive audience talkbacks after every Friday performance. “We expect that the script’s themes will provoke a wide range of questions, opinions and perspectives. Dialoguing with our audiences and deliberating on these debates helps The Theater Project deliver on our commitment to inspire, provoke, and make live theater matter,” said director and Theater Project Artistic Director Mark Spina. As is done for all Theater Project shows, the cast will also be available after each performance to take up individual Q&A with interested audience members.
Tickets range from $10-25 and can be reserved by contacting Brown Paper Tickets either online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/115853 or by telephone at 800.838.3006. Information is also available at http://www.thetheaterproject.org/.