A Forbidden Love Is Exposed in World-Premiere Comedy Arborophilia, at Detroit Rep

News   A Forbidden Love Is Exposed in World-Premiere Comedy Arborophilia, at Detroit Rep The Detroit Repertory Theatre kicks off its 2006-07 season with Arborophilia, Jacob M. Appel's comedy about a judge and her two unconventional daughters.

Opening at the Rep is Nov. 2. Performances continue to Dec. 31.

Billed as a "sappy satire," it "manages to twist thoughts, maul marriage, poke politics, whack weather, muddy money and at the same time loop love around a tree."

According to the Rep, "Judge Gwendolyn Gage's two daughters have fallen in love but neither relationship is exactly what the Judge had in mind. The older daughter, Lily, is determined to enter into a mixed marriage — Democrat and Republican. Her younger daughter, Laurel, has developed an unrequited romantic infatuation with a poplar tree. Her older sister calls it 'tree stalking.' Garden-shop owner Jimmy Duckfoot has been smitten by Laurel and hates his rival, the tree. The plot thickens when the very, very rich Dame Lucretia wants the tree on her land chopped down so she can mine the bedrock…"

Rep artistic director Bruce Millan directs a cast that includes Annie Cross, Leah Smith, Michael Joseph, Henrietta Hermelin, Patsy Hudson, Joe Colosi and Imani Turner.

For more information, visit www.detroitreptheatre.com.

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