Betty's Summer Vacation: Outrageous Christopher Durang Comedy at the Onyx Theatre
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Composer Art Kaufman actually owns a song-poem recording business, where amateur wordsmiths can send in their poetry and have it set to music -- for a fee of course. For Song-Poems Wanted! The Musical he used lyrics from real-life customers to create an unforgettable journey through the hopes, dreams, lonesome ramblings and twisted rants of a group of aspiring poets and musicians whose lives are connected by the fictitious song-poem recording company Star Records. The unforgettable cast of characters ranges from sleazy Star Records owner Sharkey, who "grinds out songs like sausages," to Captain Bicycle, a zany nerd who dreams of fixing the planet through the power of Jesus Christ, big-breasted women, and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. Learn More
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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her roommates arrive: an incessant chatterer, a pathological womanizer, the emotionally anarchic landlady, and a sweet, withdrawn young man who may or may not be a serial killer.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.