Ayckbourn's Body Language to Make U.S. Debut at NJ Theatre

News   Ayckbourn's Body Language to Make U.S. Debut at NJ Theatre The American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's Body Language will begin performances Oct. 4 at the Chester Theatre Group's Black River Playhouse in Chester, N.J.
Michael T. Mooney, director of  Chester Theatre Group's upcoming production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Body Language.
Michael T. Mooney, director of Chester Theatre Group's upcoming production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Body Language.

The play, which concerns the current obsession with body image, will be directed by Michael T. Mooney, who has directed three other Ayckbourn plays — Relatively Speaking, Family Circles and Time of My Life — for the Chester Theatre Group. Mooney tells the New Jersey Star Ledger, "Ayckbourn's plays really are character comedies with farcical, whimsical elements. We try to find the truth in the characters and convey that. If we get some laughs, too, that's great. . . The play is all about how we view ourselves, how other people view us and how we communicate through our body language." Body Language, which plays through Oct. 25 at the Jersey theatre, will star Valerie Stack Dodge, Dave Villapique, Omar Kozarsky, Judy Stone, Lamont Hill, Robyn Mandalakis, Rick Knox, Olga Garcia and Bob Sackstein. In the play two women — an ultra-slim model and a stout journalist — unintentionally exchange bodies.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn has penned more than 60 plays and musicals. Some of those works include Absurd Person Singular, Woman in Mind, Table Manners, Family Circles, Relatively Speaking and Time of Life. Body Language was originally presented in 1990 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, England. Ayckbourn revised Language in 1999 for another Scarborough production.

Tickets for the Chester Theatre Group production are priced at $15 and are available by calling (908) 879-7304. Body Language plays the Black River Playhouse, located on Grave and Maple Streets in Chester, NJ.