Betty's Summer Vacation: Outrageous Christopher Durang Comedy at the Onyx Theatre
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Neil Simon's California Suite is really four separate comedy playlets with one common thread. In each, people from various cities travel to California during different time periods and stay in the same Beverly Hills Hotel suite, bringing their problems, anxieties and comic marital dilemmas with them. In "The Visitor From New York," Hannah loves living in New York, while her ex-husband, Billy, loves L.A. Can two happily divorced parents raise their only daughter while living 3,000 miles apart? "The Visitor From Philadelphia" finds Marvin waking up with a horrible hangover -- and a young woman he doesn't know beside him in bed, soon followed by the arrival of his wife. In "The Visitors From London," when actress Diana loses the Oscar to another woman and her husband to another man on the same night, some inconvenient truths intrude on their marriage of convenience. And four best friends are enjoying a dream vacation together in "The Visitors From Chicago" -- until an ultra-competitive tennis match turns them into bitter enemies. In a unique twist, Onyx Theatre presents the show with a different director for each vignette. Learn More
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This play is not going to be for everyone -- the humor is VERY black and the satire sharp as a kitchen knife -- but my gosh is it ever a hilarious play. The cast is wonderful and almost laughed ourselves into stomach cramps. But be warned --...continued
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“relentlessly fierce, relentlessly funny.” —New York Times
“The funniest new farce in years… the play lifts off from the ground of brilliantly naturalistic comedy into the stratosphere of zany satire… by far Durang’s best.” —New York Post
“Christopher Durang has finally come of age and proves to be every bit as sharp and caustic as England’s Joe Orton… It’s simply his most brilliant play yet.” —New York Daily News
Onyx Theatre hosts award-winning director Rob Kastil’s take on Christopher Durang. Join us for incest, dismemberment and a homicidal laugh track!
Christopher Durang’s outrageous Obie winning comedy, Betty’s Summer Vacation (a jaded, satirical look at our society’s obsession with lurid crimes, celebrity trials and talk show confessionals) opens at the Onyx Theatre April 18th.
Spend the summer with Betty! Her dream vacation at a lovely beach house turns mordantly funny as her roommates arrive: an incessant chatterer, a pathological womanizer, the emotionally anarchic landlady, and a sweet, withdrawn young man who may or may not be a serial killer. All this plus an insane derelict with a penchant for flashing, and a relentless laugh track that won’t stop chuckling whenever someone is molested, dismembered or murdered.
Death, murder and mayhem… it’s all here at Betty’s seaside retreat!
Directed by Rob Kastil
Barbara King as Mrs. Siezmagraff
Stacia Zinkevich as Betty
Penni Mendez as Trudy
Drew Yonemori as Buck
Mario Mendez as Keith
Steve McMillan as Mr. Vanislaw
Dean Bengert, Cindy Lee Stock, and Joel Wayman are The Voices
Group rates are available.
About the Writer
Christopher Durang (Sister Mary Ignatius, Beyond Therapy)
Often embraced by mainstream playhouses, Durang was actually one of the country’s leading alternative voices in theatre. A lifelong gay man unafraid to write about taboos, he made his reputation in absurdism and farce after graduating from Harvard and Yale. He is a multiple Obie-winning playwright and has written several screenplays. He is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild Council and a co-chair of the playwriting program at Julliard.