Relationships of Five Women Put to the Test in Holiday Comedy Float
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Simply put: In the 18th century, you could not call a man's horse "fat" and get away with it. Young Lucidus, however, wishes the opposite was true in The Coward. Hounded by his honor-obsessed father, Lucidus is pressured into dueling over the equine slight. Not cut out for such sordid stuff -- he's more into entomology and tea -- the young nobleman hires a common criminal to fight in his place ... only to have the scoundrel make a bloody mess of things. A series of duels follows and Lucidus, to his dismay, finds his "fearsome" reputation exceeding his wildest expectations. Though set in the 1790's (sort of), The Coward is a knockout new comedy from Nick Jones (creator of the acclaimed "pyrate puppet rock opera" Jollyship the Whiz-Bang). Now Vance Smith directs its Midwest premiere at Theater Wit. Learn More
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My husband and I really enjoyed this play. All of the actors were excellent. Particularly enjoyed seeing Peggy Roeder and her performance. First time we've been to this venue. Only suggestion we would have is to eliminate the intermission for this play or to stagger the intermissions as the lobby was quite crowded with other plays having the same intermission in terms of the snack bar. But will return. Thanks.
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Float had its comedic moments but in the end I left feeling a bit depressed. The actors definitely captured that small-town, Midwest feel with good character development. However, the play itself was much shorter than I thought it would be and...continued
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This is a play of the quiet, subtle moments of love, loss, revelation and acceptance - moments that register like seismic events in a small town. We know the characters, and we know the situations. But what we don't necessarily see is how it all...continued
Quotes & Highlights
The play has been recommended for a Joseph Jefferson Award (JEFF) nomination.
“Just plain excellent theatre.” -_Chicago Stage Review _
“_This play is near perfection…a dynamite cast.” —Chicago Theater Blog _
“An apple pie of a play.” - Variety
Written by Patricia Kane
Directed by Leslie B. Danzig
Patricia Kane (Writer) Pat’s play, Pulp_, premiered at About Face Theatre in 2004 (garnering Jeff & After Dark awards), was remounted by AFT in 2007, and has received numerous critically acclaimed productions across the country. Her other plays include Seven Moves_* (adapted from Carol Anshaw’s novel and premiered at AFT) and Chords_, which premiered at the Arts Club of Chicago in a co-production with AFT and Writer’s Theatre. Currently, she is developing a new play for the educational outreach program at Writer’s Theatre’s. An Artistic Associate with AFT, Pat has appeared in many AFT productions including Pulp, Seven Movies, Fascination, The Gift & Other Stories, The Terrible Girls, Whitman, Dancer from the Dance and_ Cloud Nine. Other Chicago credits include Finding the Sun (Goodman Theatre), Hannah Free (*Victory Gardens & the recent film of the same name), and Under Milk Wood (Barto Productions).
Leslie Buxbaum** Danzig** *(Director) Leslie Buxbaum Danzig is a founding member of the Chicago-based physical theater company 500 Clown, where she co-created and directed 500 Clown MacBeth, 500 Clown Frankenstein, 500 Clown Christmas, and_ 500 Clown and the Elephant Deal_, which have had multiple runs at Chicago theaters including Steppenwolf and Lookingglass, and which tour regularly to theaters and universities throughout the US and abroad. Leslie directed Redmoon Theater’s Hunchback_ at Redmoon Central, NYC’s New Victory Theater, and University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel, and co-directed Blair Thomas & Co.’s _The Ox-Herder’s Tale at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in MD. Leslie has toured nationally and internationally (as an actor) with NYC’s Elevator Repair Service and was dramaturg with choreographer Molly Shanahan. Leslie trained in physical theater at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and in clown with Philippe Gaulier. She received her BA from Brown University and PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. Leslie is a lecturer at University of Chicago, and also teaches at Northwestern University and Chicago High School for the Arts. Leslie is currently co-directing an original dance-theater production with Julia Rhoads/Lucky Plush Productions, which will premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011, and helping launch the premiere of 500 Clown Trapped in Spring 2011.