Whatever happened to the good clean fun of the 50’s? Well, it’s making a comeback, as far as playwright Rich Orloff is concerned. His new play, Domestic Tranquility, set in that dandy decade, is making its Northeast premiere at Ellenville, New York’s Shadowland Theatre June 23-July 16.
Orloff, best known for his Yiddish influenced, Off-Broadway comedy, Oy!, now delves into the Waspish world of wonderment. Tranquility, true to the period (as it contains no foul language or violence), focuses on a suburban family comparable to the Cleavers. When three dangerous (but dim-witted) criminals, who are on the lam, decide to hide out in their house, the comedy ensues.
Directing this “Father Knows Best” meets the Marx Brothers romp is Shadowland regular Brendan Burke, who also directed this season’s Visiting Mr. Green. He steers the cast that includes Lisa Altomare, Robert Boardman, Meg Brooker, Ben Lizza, Rich Duva, and Jim Doyle.
Tickets, ranging from $13-$18, can be bought at the Shadowland, 157 Canal St., by calling the box office at (914) 647-5511. For additional information, visit the theater’s website at www.shadowlandtheatre.org.
-- by Ernio Hernandez