Since premiering as part of the Cherry Lane Theatre's Alternative Mentoring Project in New York City, Concertina's Rainbow is having other opportunities to shine, including a production at CT's Fairfield Theatre. Glyn O'Malley's drama now comes to the Caldwell Theatre Company in South Florida, Nov. 4-Dec. 16.
O'Malley zeroes in on two American women who meet by chance on a flight to Vienna at the close of the 20th century, during the Serbian bombing of Sarajevo. One woman is returning to her homeland for the first time since World War II; the other hopes to adopt a refugee gypsy girl. Memory, art and the Albanian girl bring the two together, dramatically changing both their lives.
Director Michael Hall said in a statement the highly "theatrical" play is about "everyone's personal search for self-esteem. It's incredibly challenging for the actors and designers."
Starring in the Caldwell mounting are Jacqueline Knapp and Elizabeth Perry, alongside Harriet Oser, Jessica K. Peterson, Tiffany Leigh Moskow, and Jason Field.
At the play's inception at the Cherry Lane, Alfred Uhry, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Driving Miss Daisy, served as the project's mentor. Author O'Malley, who was Edward Albee's assistant for eight years, has had work featured at Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center in New York. For tickets ($29-$37.50) and information on Concertina's Rainbow at the Caldwell Theatre in South Florida call (561) 995-2323.
— By David Lefkowitz