Charles Darwin's Story in Historical Drama Trumpery from Olney Theatre Center
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The last date listed for Trumpery was Sunday July 4, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Set in the French Antilles, this celebratory musical from the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime and Seussical combines elements of both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid. The result is an exhilarating, calypso-tinged story filled with infectious rhythms, rousing dance and exuberant theatricality. The Tony-nominated hit chronicles the fairy-tale love of a young peasant girl for a handsome young aristocrat -- a love that leads her to save him from death. As the gods debate the star-crossed lovers' fate, the islanders gather to sing and celebrate the hope of the human spirit. Olney's production is directed by Alan Muraoka, proprietor of Sesame Street's Hooper's Store since 1997. Learn More
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I thought this play was quite good. Not great, but certainly better than some of the reviewers thought. I was interested in the subject matter bec. I had just seen a movie on TV about this same period in Darwin's life, and the perspective and portrayals were quite different. I thought it was quite well acted, I did not think the text was too wordy or abstruse. I think it was sometimes a bit over-wrought.
By Peter Parnell
The year is 1858 and Charles Darwin struggles to finish his theory of natural selection while coping with his daughter’s fatal illness and his own loss of faith. Meanwhile, halfway around the world, an unknown young explorer named Wallace is about to come up with the exact same theory. Both vibrantly comic and deeply moving, this gripping drama examines whether scientific discovery inevitably routs religion and spirituality or whether there’s a place for all three.
For those who love historically based dramas like Copenhagen and Democracy, this area premiere is not to be missed.
The performance runs two hours and 10 minutes including a 15 minute intermission. No haze, smoke or strobe lighting is used and there is minimal stage combat.
About the Ticket Supplier: Olney Theatre CenterLocated just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center for the Arts offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
An award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its mainstage season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, OTC offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company (since 1949), which performs for high school and college audiences in over 25 states; Potomac Theatre Project, which offers experimental and alternative plays that explore provocative and challenging human situations, ideas and visions; special school performances of mainstage shows; a free Summer Shakespeare Festival; and post-show discussions.