Alan Bennett's The Lady in the Van Pulls Into Silver Spring
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The last date listed for The Lady in the Van was Sunday August 11, 2013 / 7:30pm.
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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A uniformly excellent production of a sometimes difficult, clearly challenging--but ultimately rewarding--play. A very ambitious undertaking for community theater, but all at Unexpected Stage Company rose to--and were fully equal to--the challenge.
Quotes & Highlights
- "As a play that takes a stimulating look at a unique bond between two people, <em>The Lady in the Van</em> flourishes." --<a target="_blank" href="http://dctheatrescene.com/2013/07/26/alan-bennett-the-lady-in-the-van/ ">dctheatrescene.com</a>
- “ ... superbly done. In two-and-a-half hours, a cast of nine takes you forward 15 years and beyond convention in a funny, challenging and exhausting work." -<em>-<a target="_blank" href="http://montgomerymag.com/archives/5583 ">Montgomery</a> </em>Magazine<em> </em>
- " ... watching [Sally] Anderson command the stage was a pleasure, as she made every word, every line, every gesture, every scene come alive." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/07/21/the-lady-in-the-van-at-unexpected-stage-company-by-joel-markowiz/">dcmetrotheaterarts.com</a>
- The play is recommended by the Helen Hayes Awards.
Some themes may be inappropriate for young audiences.