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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“Solid production…A moving evocation of familial ties…Expert staging” — Don Shirley, LA CityBeat
“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.” — Stagehappenings.com
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.