Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Romantic comedy 'Beau Jest' opens season

Sarah Goldman has parents that only wish her the best things in life, which includes marrying a fine Jewish man in James Sherman’s “Beau Jest.” This hilarious and heartwarming romantic comedy opens BoarsHead Theater’s 2009-2010 season on September 18 and runs Wednesday through Sunday until October 11. A preview performance takes place on September 17.

To keep her parents from endlessly trying to “fix her up,” Sarah invents the impossibly perfect boyfriend, Jewish doctor David Steinberg. When her family insists that she invite him over for Passover dinner, Sarah does what any good child would do…she hires an escort, Bob, to play the part. Things are looking good until moments before her parents arrive, Sarah discovers that Bob is a Gentile whose knowledge of Judaism has been garnered from plays like “Fiddler on the Roof.” Will they be able to play it off?

Directing the show is Charles Burr, who appeared on BoarsHead Theater’s stage in 1979 and 1980 as an actor and later directed “The Waltz of the Toreadors” during the 1980-1981 season, his first professional show in that role.

Burr said, “It is wonderful to be back at the BoarsHead after all these years. I credit John Peakes and Richard Thomsen for recognizing the director under the fledgling actor...”

Burr has been the artistic director of Tibbits Summer Theatre for 19 years. He has worked at Birmingham Children's Theatre, Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre, True Grist Dinner Theatre, Red Barn Theatre and Thunder Bay Theatre where he has directed some of his favorite shows including “Show Boat,” “Bus Stop,” “Picnic,” “john & jen,” “Eleemosynary” and “Gigi.”

The cast of “Beau Jest” includes Allie Long as Sarah, Nathan M. Hosner as Bob, Dorry Peltyn as Miriam, Tim Jacobs as Abe, Mark Boyd as Joel and JD De La Ossa as Chris.

This production features scenic design by Craig Mitchell Smith, lighting design by Michael Beyer, costume design by Holly Speers, sound design by Sergei Kvitko and property design by Patricia A. York. Michelle Raymond is technical director and production manager with Karen Doyle acting as stage manager.

Ticket prices for “Beau Jest” are $12-$30. Ticket reservations may be made by calling the BHT Box Office at 517-484-7805. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Information may also be acquired by logging on to www.boarshead.org.

The theater is located at 425 S. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Mich., 48933.

Founded in 1966, BoarsHead Theater is mid-Michigan’s longest continually running professional theater. As an Equity house, BoarsHead Theater attracts artists from Chicago, New York, Detroit and around the nation.

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