2012-02-03 / Ticket

‘Therapy’ offers dose of laughter

‘Love Letters,’ Feb. 14 at Chocolate Church, back page
The Times Record

STUDIO THEATRE of Bath’s production of “Beyond Therapy” opens Feb. 10 at the Chocolate Church. 
STUDIO THEATRE OF BATH STUDIO THEATRE of Bath’s production of “Beyond Therapy” opens Feb. 10 at the Chocolate Church. STUDIO THEATRE OF BATH BATH — Studio Theatre of Bath will present “Beyond Therapy,” a stage comedy by Christopher Durang, beginning Feb. 10 in the Curtis Room at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.

Wayne Otto, who has directed and acted in past Studio Theatre productions, describes the play as follows:

Beyond Therapy is one of playwright Christopher Durang’s funnier and sunnier plays.

Bruce and Prudence meet through a personal ad, but their date doesn’t go so well. He has a boyfriend, expresses emotions and likes to cry.

Prudence is homophobic and doesn’t think men should cry “unless something falls on them,” their first date leaves a soggy impression.

From the show’s first moments, hilarity ensues, heightening as each retreats to their respective psychiatrists. Prudence’s is a macho pig who once seduced her and keeps talking about his sexual prowess. Bruce’s psychiatrist is a warm, encouraging woman who hugs her patients, talks through her Snoopy doll and believes in expressing all feelings no matter what.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to assemble a cast that so magnificently and intuitively got this piece,” April Joy Purinton, Studio Theatre of Bath’s artistic director, said in a release about the show. “We could have sold tickets to the first read through, it was that entertaining.”

The play was originally performed in 1981 off Broadway, starring Sigourney Weaver.

In the Studio Theatre of Bath production, Christina Boyington plays Prudence, and Marc Rodriguez portrays the bawling Bruce.

“The pair captures the awkward nature of first dates and blind dates with great realism,” Otto wrote.

Vince Shatto, who played King Henry II in the company’s fall 2011 production of “Lion in Winter,” this time tackles the role of smarmy Stuart, Prudence’s psychiatrist.

Tamara Lilly plays the other psychiatrist, Dr. Charlotte Wallace.

“Bretton Harris flames onto the stage as the bitter, jealous Bob in his first appearance with the Studio Theatre of Bath,” Otto wrote. “Ross Hawks rounds out the cast in the part of the waiter who gets caught up in the mess of patients and psychiatrists, but not without bringing his own bit of craziness to the fold.”

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 11, 17, 24 and 25, as well as at 2 p.m. Feb. 12, 19 and 26.

Tickets cost $17 for adults and $ 15 for students and seniors. They can be obtained at chocolatechurcharts.org or at the box office by calling 442-8455. Seating in the Curtis Room is limited, so reservations are recommended.

The show contains adult content and is recommended for mature audiences only.

For more information, check the website: studiotheatreofbath.com.

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