Best Wishes: A Midwestern Family Reunites in Comedic Drama
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The last date listed for Best Wishes was Sunday May 10, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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When wallflower Charlie Baker goes on a getaway to a fishing lodge in Georgia, all he wants is peace and quiet. He can't avoid the other guests, though, so a helpful friend "saves" him by claiming he is a foreigner who cannot speak or understand English. Comedy ensues as everyone unwittingly reveals their secrets and scandals to Charlie, thinking he can't understand. What started as a serene getaway becomes a hive of drama and intrigue in this exceedingly clever and outrageously funny farce. Learn More
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Featured review from Ms W
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Wow! This show made me feel like I was part of the family, and several of the characters were just like my own relatives. The situations encountered by each of them was something I have experienced myself, and could relate to all the emotions and grief they all went through. The cast was superb, I loved everyone, and was very pleased to meet them all after the show to let them know how much they made this evening an exceptional one.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Solid production...A moving evocation of familial ties...Expert staging” -- Don Shirley, <em>LA CityBeat</em>
- "The talent of this ensemble makes you feel like you're watching an all-star Broadway production...brilliant performances...Barker's script fills the room with tears and laughter, reminding us of our own families' love/hate relationships." -- <em>Stagehappenings.com</em>
<p>By Bill Barker
Directed by Hollace Starr
Bill Barker's heartfelt, comedic and personal play about a large family get-together in the rural town of Liberal, Kansas touches every audience member in a different way. There are so many strong characters that remind us of ourselves (or our siblings) that one can't help, but laugh along or get involved in their lives.
This is the story of one of the largest families in Kansas coming together to pay their last respects to their mother. They are also paying their respects to the house they all grew up in and for some of them the small town that they know they will never visit again.
The story focuses on the relationships between four of the sisters who are staying at the family home. The second to the youngest, Elda, has gone off to California and has returned with a bit of chip on her shoulder. Dorie, the youngest has always been obnoxious and petty and her need to tell everyone just how much "momma" loved them wears on everyone's nerves. The rest of the family tries to keep the two of them from killing each other while trying to keep their own sanity in tact. It's a comic drama with laughs a plenty and a few tears of love.
The play takes place in 1981, a time before the technology boom of personal computers, cell phones and iPods -- a time when families had to deal with their problems face to face.</p>