William Inge's American Classic Picnic Under the Stars
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The last date listed for William Inge's Picnic Under the Stars was Saturday August 19, 2006 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Oak Park Festival Theatre in Austin Gardens
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Featured review from Ruth Smerling
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This is the best way to enjoy theater - sitting in the grass with the option to take off your shoes. The performance was wonderful. But be sure to bring enough insect repellent, it's a heavily wooded area. Don't forget to make a picnic from one of the terrific restaurants nearby too.
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What a wonderful evening under the stars. Our family had never try this venue, but we were up for an adventure. We came early, brought a picnic to see "Picnic" and sat back and enjoyed going back in time. What a creative way to portray this...continued
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award.
“Inge reveals the powerful mysteries of our lives.” —Tennessee Williams
Robbye Lewis as Helen Potts, Billy Simmons as Hal Carter, Jhenai Mootz as Madge Owens, Eliza Burmeister as Millie Owens, Jack Hickey as Howard Bevans, T. Patrick Halley as Bomber Gutzel, Nick Maroon as Alan Seymour, Rosie Newton as Flo Ownens, Molly Surowitz as Christine Schoenwalder, Adrianne Cury as Rosemary Sydney, Angelique Westerfield as Irma Kronkite.
Bob Behr Stage Manager, Rebecca Hamlin Set Designer, Jeremy Getz Lighting Designer, Kyle Irwin and Cecil Averett Sound Design, JoEllen Koppenaal Costume Designer.
The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger’s brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.